And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Review Of Services 2018…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely persuaded that shifting psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually crucial that individuals who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship issues, attachment concerns, or much deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
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.