And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Beginnings…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that shifting mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you satisfy somebody face-to-face, in the very same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not only what it resembles to speak with the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it doesn’t create the closeness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open up and explore things.”
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s actually important that people who take part in it understand that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and absolutely much 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 patients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.