Virtual Reality

Virtual reality therapy (VRT) is a method of psychotherapy that uses virtual reality technology to treat patients with various anxiety disorders, including phobias and post traumatic stress disorder. Exposure environments are realistically created by three-dimensional, immersive, interactive software programs. Newer technologies are aimed toward the treatment of addictions.

In the past, patients with specific phobias, such as flying phobias, were treated with exposure therapies that taught them coping skills while actually experiencing their feared environment (in vivo exposure). Certain considerations, including logistics and expense, make in vivo exposure impractical. VR therapies offer an empirically-proven, in office option for patients with these disorders.

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