And drawing back from my own (fairly low-key) problems for a moment. Can You Use Betterhelp Over The Phone…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely encouraged that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s really essential that people who take part in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re having problem with relationship issues, attachment problems, or deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet provides a range from your counsellor that may not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.