And drawing back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Pricing Model…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely persuaded that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually essential that people who participate in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. However, if you’re dealing with relationship concerns, attachment issues, or deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web uses a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.