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And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) problems for a moment. Better Help Inc…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.

Not everyone is entirely encouraged that shifting psychological healthcare online is the method forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you meet somebody face-to-face, in the very same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not just what it’s like to talk with the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, however it does not develop the closeness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open and check out things.”

” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that individuals who take part in it understand that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”

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” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.

In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.