And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) problems for a moment. Better Help Q1…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 people who already filter almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely persuaded that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re having problem with relationship concerns, attachment issues, or much deeper problems, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that might not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.