And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Better Help Medicaid…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the method 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 carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly crucial that people who take part in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship concerns, accessory problems, or deeper problems, it’s much better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that might not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.