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It's not just for video games...
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy is validated by more than 25 years of scientific studies.
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) provides the opportunity for mental health professionals to not only reproduce real-life scenarios but also to adapt and control these environments to suit the individual needs of their clients.
This technology allows mental health professionals to evaluate and identify their client’s fears and anxieties within the safety of a consultation room. VR is a tool that effectively facilitates the application of psychological evaluation and intervention protocols.
Who qualifies to use VRET?
Although many people can benefit from using VRET, studies have shown it helps individuals who have anxiety disorders, panic disorders and people who deal with PTSD and OCD. Individuals who have phobias such as flying and test taking are also encouraged to try VRET.
What happens during VRET?
Your therapist will discuss how VRET can help you through your needs. After the evaluation, you will be given a PSIOUS VR headset. There is no difference between this headset and the ones you play videos games on so, if you have one or have ever tried VR games, you already know how this works.
If you haven't, VR redefines gaming and entertainment. It places you in an augmented reality where you control your movement and decisions with hand controls and/or turning your head. You really feel like you're wherever the headset shows you!
During the VRET session, your therapist will be able to control what you're exposed to based on your individual needs discussed before the session. And don't worry, you'll be able to communicate with your therapist in real time. In fact, it's encouraged to talk about how and what you're feeling during the session.