And drawing back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. New Video Messaging Features Deepen Users On Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally convinced that moving psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional 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 different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately appearing in the space. However, if you’re fighting with relationship problems, attachment problems, or deeper problems, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the internet uses a distance from your counsellor that may not be valuable.”
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.