And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) problems for a moment. Nickname On Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is totally encouraged that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I’ve carried out some research 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 same thing. It’s actually important that people who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and definitely much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually showing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.