And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) concerns for a moment. Better Help Dax Shepard…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re having problem with relationship issues, accessory problems, or much deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the internet provides a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.