And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Series D…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely persuaded that moving mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you satisfy someone face-to-face, in the same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not only what it resembles to speak with the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it does not produce the nearness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open up and explore things.”
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s really crucial that individuals who engage in it are aware that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to accessibility, it’s a great start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the room. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, accessory problems, or deeper issues, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that may not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.