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And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) concerns for a moment. Better Help Shares…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.

Not everyone is entirely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you fulfill somebody in person, in the same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk with the person, however 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 truly gets people to open and check out things.”

” I’ve carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s really crucial that people who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”

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” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately revealing up in the room.

In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.