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And pulling back from my own (fairly low-key) concerns for a moment, could e-counselling be the answer to the psychological health problems intensifying among under-30s? With cuts to psychological health services truly starting to bite, digitised treatment could be just the ticket for young adults who already filter nearly every element of their lives– friends, work, sex, home entertainment– through a screen.
“You get to know not only what it’s like to talk to the individual, but how it feels to be in a space with them. Utilizing Skype is the next best thing: it’s ‘good enough’, but it doesn’t create the closeness, the intimacy, that truly gets individuals to open up and check out things.”.
” I’ve performed some research into Skype counselling,” says 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 really important that individuals who participate in it know that it’s a different experience from being in the space with someone, speaking in person.” Betterhelp Student