And drawing back from my own (relatively low-key) concerns for a moment. Goto Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s truly essential that people who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room. However, if you’re struggling with relationship concerns, accessory issues, or deeper issues, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that may not be practical.”
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.