And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Nasdaq…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states 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 take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship problems, attachment issues, or deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web uses a range 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 concerns Dr Balick.