And drawing back from my own (reasonably low-key) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Terrible Podcast…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you satisfy somebody in person, in the same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not only what it resembles to speak to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, however it doesn’t create the nearness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open and explore things.”
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s really crucial that people who participate in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.