And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Borderline Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually carried out 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 exact same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.