And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Is Betterhelp Credible…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely convinced that moving psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s really important that people who participate in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than absolutely nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.