And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Stock Tanking…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely persuaded that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually carried out some research study 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 same thing. It’s truly important that people who engage in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a great start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. However, if you’re battling with relationship concerns, accessory concerns, or much deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet provides a distance from your counsellor that may not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.