And drawing back from my own (reasonably low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Stock Down…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely convinced that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in therapy is when you satisfy somebody in person, in the same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not only what it resembles to speak to the person, 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 nearness, the intimacy, that actually gets people to open and check out things.”
” I have actually carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s truly important that people who engage in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and absolutely much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
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.