Virtual reality based therapy can help therapists bring their client’s triggers into the therapy room.

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) provides the ability to experience a 360-degree immersive custom virtual environment. This can help therapists deliver boundless scenarios with the safety and convenience of sitting within the 4 walls of a clinic.

 

A head-mounted display provides the ability to engage the patient through audio and visual anchors to make VR the perfect tool for therapy!

Why is it needed?

There are a number of therapeutic techniques that therapists administer which can benefit from such virtual reality based experiences for their clients.

Here are some examples.

Imaginal Exposure Therapy

This is a technique where the therapists guide the client through imagining their triggers in order to help them learn to control their anxieties in real life.

 

However, while some patients are able to successfully imagine their triggers, others might find it harder and a VR based therapy can help them visualise their triggers much more easily.

In-vivo Exposure and Flooding

Similar to imaginal therapy, this is a technique used by therapists in order to trigger their clients’ anxieties in the therapy room by bringing in the physical triggers in, for example, for a client with acrophobia, the therapist might bring a spider caught in a cage.

 

Even though this has proven to be a very effective technique, it is not always possible to expose the clients to their physical triggers and a VR headset and can fulfil this from the comfort of the therapist’s room.

Systematic Desensitization

It is a mother technique that therapists use by administering different intensities of triggers to the clients in order to slowly make them comfortable with these triggers in real life.

 

However, it can often be difficult to find these graded intensities of triggers for each patient but can be made possible through our VR technology which provides customisability to the therapists.

Here's an example of how VR can be used in the systematic desensitization for social anxiety disorder.

What is VR-based therapy capable of?