And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) problems for a moment. Better Help Cost Cigna…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely convinced 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 ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who take part in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.