And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) problems for a moment. Michael Phelps Betterhelp Meme…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that moving psychological healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what operate in therapy is when you satisfy somebody face-to-face, in the very same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not just what it resembles to speak to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, however it does not create the nearness, the intimacy, that really gets people to open and check out things.”
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s truly essential that people who take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and certainly much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.