And drawing back from my own (fairly low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Interface…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you meet someone face-to-face, in the exact same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it doesn’t create the nearness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open up and explore things.”
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately appearing in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship issues, accessory issues, or much deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that may not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.