And pulling back from my own (relatively low-key) concerns for a moment. Talkspace Chat…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely 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, but 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 ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually important that people who participate in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s a good start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to ultimately showing up in the space. Nevertheless, if you’re dealing with relationship issues, accessory concerns, or deeper issues, it’s better to be in the room with somebody. Skype and the internet uses a range from your counsellor that might not be valuable.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some patients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that worries Dr Balick.