And drawing back from my own (fairly low-key) issues for a moment. Moth Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely persuaded that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s really crucial that people who engage in it are aware that it’s a various experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of ease of access, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the room. If you’re struggling with relationship issues, accessory problems, or deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the web provides a distance from your counsellor that might not be useful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.