And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) issues for a moment. Neil Lebowitz Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who already filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally encouraged that shifting psychological health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve performed some research study into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s really crucial that individuals who participate in it are aware that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a great start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually revealing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.