And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Merger…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly crucial that people who take part in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship problems, attachment concerns, or much deeper issues, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that may not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.