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And pulling back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. Better Help News…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.

Not everyone is totally encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them.

” I’ve carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s actually important that individuals who engage in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”

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” In regards to ease of access, it’s a good start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship problems, attachment problems, or much deeper problems, it’s much better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that may not be practical.”

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