And pulling back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. Therapy Tuesday Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– pals, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, but how it feels to be in a space 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 traditional counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s actually important that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a various experience from remaining in the room with somebody, speaking in person.”
” In terms of accessibility, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to ultimately appearing in the room. If you’re struggling with relationship concerns, attachment problems, or much deeper issues, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the web uses a range from your counsellor that may not be practical.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes rather than in person counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.