And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Summer Internship…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but 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 ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually crucial that people who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re struggling with relationship concerns, attachment problems, or deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet offers a distance from your counsellor that might not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.