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And pulling back from my own (fairly subtle) concerns for a moment, could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems escalating among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services really beginning to bite, digitised therapy could be just the ticket for young adults who currently filter almost every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, entertainment– through a screen.
Not everybody is completely persuaded that moving psychological health care online is the method forward. “For me, what works in treatment is when you satisfy somebody face-to-face, in the same space,” says London-based psychotherapist Sandra Tapie. “You get to know not only what it’s like to talk with the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Using Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it doesn’t develop the nearness, the intimacy, that actually gets people to open up and explore things.”.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” states London-based psychotherapist Dr Aaron Balick, “and it’s not the ‘practical equivalent’ of standard counselling; it’s just not quite the same thing. It’s actually important that people who take part in it know that it’s a various experience from being in the room with someone, speaking face-to-face.” Betterhelp Crooked Media