And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Pregnancy…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental 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 people who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely persuaded that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed 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 just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really crucial that individuals who take part in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and definitely 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 instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.