And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) concerns for a moment. Better Help Sigma Kappa…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you satisfy someone in person, in the very same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not only what it’s like to talk with the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, however it does not create the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets people to open and explore things.”
” I have actually performed 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 really crucial that people who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re having problem with relationship problems, attachment issues, or much deeper issues, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the internet offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.