And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. Preston Smiles Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the person, but 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 standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s actually important that individuals who take part in it are aware that it’s a different experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of availability, it’s a good start and absolutely much better than absolutely nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately revealing up in the room.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.