And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Change Pin Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that moving psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but 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 ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s actually essential that individuals who participate in it are aware that it’s a various experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship issues, attachment issues, or much deeper problems, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the web provides a range from your counsellor that might not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.