And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) problems for a moment. Better Help Hec Spac…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally convinced that shifting psychological health care online is the method forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you fulfill someone face-to-face, in the very same room,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not only what it’s like to speak to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it does not develop the closeness, the intimacy, that really 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 ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly important that individuals who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re battling with relationship issues, attachment concerns, or deeper problems, it’s much better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.