And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Tech Stack…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that moving psychological health care online is the way forward. “For me, what works in treatment is when you meet someone face-to-face, in the exact same room,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not only what it resembles to speak with the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it doesn’t produce the closeness, the intimacy, that really gets individuals to open and explore things.”
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually essential that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In regards to accessibility, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately appearing in the room. However, if you’re battling with relationship problems, accessory concerns, or much deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet provides a range 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 face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.