And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) concerns for a moment. Lifewithroozle Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating among 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 nearly every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely persuaded 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 carried out some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s truly important that people who participate in it are aware that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, accessory concerns, or much deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet offers a range from your counsellor that might not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.