And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Michael…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that moving psychological healthcare online is the method forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you fulfill somebody face-to-face, in the same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, however it doesn’t create the nearness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open up and check out things.”
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly crucial that people who take part in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and definitely much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.