And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Spigot…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely persuaded that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually important that individuals who engage in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.