And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment. Betterhelp Verification Code Not Sending…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually crucial that people who participate in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.