And drawing back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Demi…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you satisfy somebody in person, in the very same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, however it does not create the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets people to open and explore things.”
” I’ve carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly important that people who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately revealing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.