And pulling back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. Keli Cahill Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health issues escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally convinced that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you meet someone in person, in the same room,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You learn more about not only what it resembles to speak to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it does not produce the closeness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open up and check out things.”
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s truly essential that individuals who participate in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the room. If you’re having a hard time with relationship problems, attachment concerns, or deeper problems, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web provides a distance from your counsellor that might not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.