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And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Better Help Referral Program…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.

Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you fulfill someone face-to-face, in the very same room,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it’s like to talk with the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, however it does not develop the nearness, the intimacy, that actually gets people to open up and explore things.”

” I’ve carried out 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 simply not quite the same thing. It’s actually important that people who take part in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”

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” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and definitely much better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.

In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.