And drawing back from my own (relatively subtle) concerns for a moment. Talk Space Stock Symbol…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely encouraged 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, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I’ve carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s truly important that individuals who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a great start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, attachment problems, or much deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the internet uses a distance from your counsellor that may not be helpful.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.