And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Better Help Linkedin…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems 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 element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” 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 people who engage in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and definitely much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.