Virtual Reality Therapy
How Virtual Reality Therapy Can Help.
Virtual Reality (VR) therapy has been shown to improve the treatment of specific phobias and anxieties and assist with pain management, emotional regulation, and sports performance.
The most effective method of overcoming your fears is to face them in a gradual and controlled manner. Exposure to some fears can be difficult due to accessibility, such as a fear of flying or medical procedures. VR allows us to bypass this issue and safely enter any environment as often as may be required.
Through this process you will develop the skills to manage your anxiety and acclimatise to scenarios that you would otherwise be unable to. VR is particularly useful in allowing you and your psychologist to adjust the parameters of your exposure in fine detail, and prepares you to face your fear in person.
A significant body of research has demonstrated the benefits of Virtual Reality Therapy to enhance existing psychological therapies.
What does it involve?
VR therapy uses a headset and headphones to immerse you in a digital world. During the exposures, you will remain seated in your chair whilst your psychologist guides you. You are free to look around your environment and focus on different elements.
Your psychologist will see what you see through a computer terminal. A device is placed on your finger to measure skin conductance, which indicates your physiological arousal or anxiety. This biofeedback allows us to track your progress over time. Throughout each exposure, your psychologist will teach you relaxation strategies to master your anxiety and repeat this until you can do so on your own.
The use of VR technology is included in the standard appointment fee and does not impact eligibility for Medicare or private health fund rebates.
What can VR help with?
Virtual Reality can be used to assist treatment of the following concerns:
- Fear of animals
- Fear of driving
- Fear of flying
- Fear of the dark
- Fear of medical procedures
- Fear of public speaking
- Social anxiety
- Generalised anxiety
- Test anxiety
- Pain management
- Sport performance