And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Weekly Session…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally persuaded that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually essential that people who participate in it understand that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship concerns, attachment issues, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the internet uses a range from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.