And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) issues for a moment. Better Help Plus…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s really essential that individuals who take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In regards to accessibility, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re struggling with relationship issues, accessory issues, or deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that may not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.