And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) issues for a moment. Better Help Group…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally persuaded that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you fulfill somebody face-to-face, in the very same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk with the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, however it does not develop the nearness, the intimacy, that actually gets people to open and check out things.”
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually important that people who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re fighting with relationship problems, attachment concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the web uses a range from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.