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And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) problems for a moment. Lessonly Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost 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 method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.

” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually crucial that people who take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.”

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” In regards to ease of access, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship problems, attachment issues, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet uses a distance from your counsellor that may not be practical.”

In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.