And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) problems for a moment. Informed Consent Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve 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 really important that individuals who engage in it understand that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.