And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Stock Nasdaq…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in therapy is when you satisfy someone in person, in the exact same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it’s like to speak to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it doesn’t create the closeness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open and check out things.”
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room.
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.