And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Witney…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely encouraged 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 room with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who take part in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space. However, if you’re having problem with relationship concerns, attachment problems, or much deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.