And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) problems for a moment. Talkspace App Apple…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely encouraged that shifting mental healthcare online is the way forward. “For me, what works in treatment is when you fulfill somebody face-to-face, in the very same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it does not produce the nearness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open and check out things.”
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘functional equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the exact same thing. It’s truly crucial that people who engage in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with somebody, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately appearing in the space. If you’re struggling with relationship problems, attachment concerns, or much deeper problems, it’s much better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the web provides a distance from your counsellor that might not be practical.”
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.