And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. Betterhelps…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly essential that people who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and certainly much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually revealing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.