And drawing back from my own (fairly subtle) problems for a moment. Is Betterhelp Vs Betterhelp Better…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely 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 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 conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s actually crucial that people who take part in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.