And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Sutton Surrey…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely persuaded that moving mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you meet somebody in person, in the same room,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not just what it resembles to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it does not develop the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open up and explore things.”
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s actually crucial that people who engage in it are aware that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship issues, attachment concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the internet uses a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
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.