And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) problems for a moment. Can Better Help Prescribe Antidepressants…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally persuaded that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s truly 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 much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.