And drawing back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Better Help Yelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally convinced that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed 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 just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually important that people who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship issues, accessory issues, or deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that might not be handy.”
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.