And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) issues for a moment. Qut Better Help Facebook…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really starting to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them.
” I have actually performed some research study 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 really essential that people who engage 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 certainly much better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately showing up in the space.
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programs rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.