And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Heading For Ipo 2020…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed 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 same thing. It’s actually essential that people who engage in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship concerns, attachment concerns, or deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web uses a range from your counsellor that may not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.