And drawing back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Profit…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely persuaded that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out 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 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 space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately appearing in the room. However, if you’re fighting with relationship problems, attachment concerns, or much deeper problems, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web uses a range from your counsellor that might not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.