And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Autism…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that moving 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’ve performed 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 very same thing. It’s really essential that people who participate in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.