And pulling back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Creepy Smile…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you satisfy someone face-to-face, in the same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it resembles to speak to the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, however it doesn’t create the nearness, the intimacy, that truly gets people to open and explore things.”
” I have actually carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually essential that individuals who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a great start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.