And pulling back from my own (fairly subtle) issues for a moment. What Happened With Betterhelp…could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health concerns escalating amongst under-30s? With cuts to mental health services actually beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young people who currently filter nearly every element of their lives– buddies, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is completely convinced that moving mental health care online is the method forward. “You get to understand not just what it’s like to talk to the person, however how it feels to be in a room with them.
” I have actually carried out some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s simply not quite the very same thing. It’s really important that individuals who engage in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.”
” In terms of availability, it’s an excellent start and definitely better than nothing. It’ll ideally lead them to eventually showing up in the room. Nevertheless, if you’re struggling with relationship concerns, attachment concerns, or deeper concerns, it’s much better to be in the space with someone. Skype and the internet 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.