And pulling back from my own (reasonably low-key) issues for a moment. Revenu Qu√©Bec Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young people who currently filter almost every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely persuaded that shifting psychological health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says 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 actually crucial that people who engage in it are aware that it’s a various experience from being in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re having a hard time with relationship problems, accessory issues, or deeper problems, it’s better to be in the room with someone. Skype and the web offers a distance from your counsellor that may not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programs rather than face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.