And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Counsellors…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to ease of access, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship issues, accessory concerns, 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 may not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.