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And pulling back from my own (reasonably subtle) issues for a moment, could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health concerns escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services truly beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every aspect of their lives– buddies, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
“You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, however how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘great enough’, but it does not create the nearness, the intimacy, that really gets individuals to open up and explore things.”.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of traditional counselling; it’s just not quite the very same thing. It’s actually essential that people who engage in it understand that it’s a various experience from being in the space with someone, speaking face-to-face.”