Benefits of VR therapy in Mental Health

Virtual reality offers mental health professionals the opportunity to reproduce real-life scenarios and even adapt and control these environments to meet clients' individual needs.

The use of VR therapy in the mental health field has shown to be highly beneficial.

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  • Scientifically validated

    More than 3 decades of controlled studies have proven the effectiveness of virtual reality in psychology.

  • Preferred by patients

    Scientific research has shown higher attrition using traditional exposure techniques. A study of García-Palacios et al. (2007) showed that 27% of patients suffering from specific phobia reject using in vivo exposure therapy, considering it overly intense, while only 3% refused VR exposure therapy.

  • Gives greater control

    VR allows the healthcare provider to control the environment to meet the needs of each patient.

  • Reduces dropouts

    In a study of Maples-Keller et al. (2017) the literature analyzed by the authors has shown low dropout rates and suggest VR’s high acceptability.

  • Reduces costs and time

    Finding the right environment and the right time of the day to conduct in vivo exposure can incur significant logistic and financial costs. VR solve this problem.

  • Improves confidentiality

    There's no need to leave the consultation as with traditional in vivo exposure therapies.

  • More personalized treatment

    It easily lets you repeat scenes as many times as necessary and removes any issues of interference or uncontrollable variables as can happen in a real-world setting.

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