And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Podcast Ad…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you satisfy someone in person, in the same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it’s like to speak to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it does not create the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open up and check out things.”
” I have actually carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” says 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 truly important that people who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship issues, accessory issues, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.