And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Matt Spivey Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating 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 almost every element of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to know not just 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 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 really crucial that individuals who take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In regards to availability, it’s a great start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re battling with relationship problems, accessory concerns, or much deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.