And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Progress…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that shifting mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you meet somebody in person, in the exact same room,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “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. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, however it doesn’t develop the nearness, the intimacy, that actually gets individuals to open up and explore things.”
” 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 simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In regards to accessibility, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space. However, if you’re having problem with relationship problems, attachment issues, or much deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
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.