And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) problems for a moment. Betterhelp Working Conditions…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally encouraged that moving psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says 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 essential that individuals who take part in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually revealing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.