And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Public Space…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally convinced that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually carried out some research study 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 very same thing. It’s actually important that people who take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In regards to ease of access, it’s a great start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship issues, attachment problems, or much deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web uses a distance from your counsellor that might not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.