And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Vs Talkspace…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally convinced that shifting psychological 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 space with them.
” I have actually carried out 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 same thing. It’s really crucial that individuals who participate in it understand that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship issues, attachment concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that might not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.