And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Mandarin…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely persuaded that shifting mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what works in treatment is when you fulfill someone face-to-face, in the exact same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not only what it’s like to speak to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it does not produce the closeness, the intimacy, that actually gets people to open and explore things.”
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s really crucial that individuals who participate in it are aware that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship concerns, accessory issues, or much deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet uses a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.