And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Michael Better Help…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that moving mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in treatment is when you meet somebody in person, in the same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not only what it’s like to speak with the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it doesn’t develop the nearness, the intimacy, that actually gets individuals to open up and explore things.”
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s actually essential that individuals who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re dealing with relationship issues, attachment issues, 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 may not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.