And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Account Delete…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s really essential that people who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.