And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Cru…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely encouraged that moving psychological health care online is the way forward. “For me, what works in treatment is when you satisfy someone face-to-face, in the very same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it resembles to talk with the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it doesn’t produce the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open and explore things.”
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space 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 eventually revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.