And drawing back from my own (fairly low-key) issues for a moment. Betterhelp Training Budget…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually carried out 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 simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s really essential that individuals who engage in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space. However, if you’re battling with relationship issues, attachment problems, or much deeper problems, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.