And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Logo Vector…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” 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 truly essential that people who participate in it are aware 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 an excellent start and certainly much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing 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.