And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Better Help Board Of Directors…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely persuaded that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s truly crucial that people who engage in it are aware that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and certainly much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.