And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment. Online Counseling Therapeutic Relationship…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young people who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely convinced that moving mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly essential that individuals who engage in it are aware that it’s a various experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and certainly better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the room. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, accessory concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the internet uses a range from your counsellor that may not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.