And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. My Betterhelp Therapist Barely Responds…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely convinced that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually essential that people who take part in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In regards to availability, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, accessory issues, or much deeper problems, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that might not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.