And drawing back from my own (reasonably low-key) concerns for a moment. Careers At Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” states 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 participate in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship issues, attachment issues, or much deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web offers a range from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
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.