And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) problems for a moment. Greycroft Partners Invested In Betterhelp At What Valuation…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research 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 same thing. It’s actually important that people who engage in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, accessory issues, or much deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.