And pulling back from my own (relatively subtle) issues for a moment. What Happen To Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly beginning to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is entirely convinced that shifting mental health care online is the way forward. “You get to understand not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, 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 ‘functional equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s really essential that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from remaining in the room with someone, speaking in person.”
” In regards to accessibility, it’s an excellent start and absolutely better than nothing. It’ll hopefully lead them to eventually appearing in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re dealing with relationship issues, accessory problems, or much deeper issues, it’s better to be in the space with somebody. Skype and the web uses a range from your counsellor that might not be handy.”
In cases of mild depression, the NHS is now directing some clients towards online programmes instead of face-to-face counselling, a phenomenon that concerns Dr Balick.