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And drawing back from my own (reasonably subtle) concerns for a moment, could e-counselling be the answer to the mental health issues escalating among under-30s? With cuts to mental health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be simply the ticket for young people who already filter almost every aspect of their lives– good friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
Not everyone is totally encouraged that shifting mental health care online is the method forward. “For me, what works in therapy is when you meet somebody in person, in the same space,” states London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You are familiar with not just what it’s like to talk with the person, but how it feels to be in a room with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘sufficient’, but it doesn’t produce the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets people to open and check out things.”.
” I have actually performed some research into Skype counselling,” says London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of conventional counselling; it’s simply not quite the same thing. It’s truly crucial that people who take part in it understand that it’s a different experience from remaining in the space with someone, speaking in person.” Betterhelp Commercials