And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) issues for a moment. Cost Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s really important that people who take part in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room. However, if you’re having problem with relationship issues, accessory issues, or much deeper problems, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that might not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.