And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) problems for a moment. Better Help No Show…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally 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 individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s really crucial that individuals who participate in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In regards to accessibility, it’s a good start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room. If you’re struggling with relationship concerns, attachment concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet provides 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.