And drawing back from my own (fairly low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help John Delony…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s truly important that individuals who engage in it are aware that it’s a various experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship concerns, attachment problems, or deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
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.