Guide for Therapists: Virtual Reality in Mental Health

In this free guide we offer a complete document created by psychologists and VR experts that explains what it is and how to use it, contains benefits, and frequently asked questions to use VR as a tool for mental health professionals.

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What you will learn:

  • An introduction to VR in mental health.
  • A guide on how to prepare a VR session.
  • Main tools to apply VR.
  • The potential of VR in mental health.
  • Bibliography and FAQ.

Virtual Reality is an advanced technology that is revolutionizing the world of mental health. More than 30 years of scientific evidence validate its therapeutic efficacy in the treatment of phobias, other anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, psychosis, ADHD, and ASD by showing higher acceptability than traditional therapies (Emmelkamp et al., 2021).

It is a non-invasive and safe technique that is based on the projection of interactive 3D graphics through a VR device (headset and headphones). The placement of the helmet isolates external stimuli transporting the user to a different environment from the one at that moment. It is in this “virtual” environment, designed by and for healthcare professionals, that the therapist has the possibility to control what is happening depending the patient’s needs.

In this guide, we will talk about those scientific studies that support the effectiveness of the use of virtual reality in psychotherapy and explain how the Amelia tool can benefit you while applying techniques such as gradual exposure, systematic desensitization, relaxation and mindfulness, among others.

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