And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Save Session…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” states 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 actually essential that people who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the space. However, if you’re dealing with relationship problems, attachment problems, or deeper issues, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet provides a range from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.