And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Earnings Date…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely persuaded that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly important that people who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and definitely much better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually revealing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.