And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Join-betterhelp-as-a-therapist…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally convinced that moving mental 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 room with them.
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s really important that individuals who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from being in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re struggling with relationship concerns, attachment concerns, or deeper issues, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet provides a distance from your counsellor that may not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.