Therapist’s Guide to VR in Mental Health

In this free virtual reality guide for mental health professionals, we offer a complete document created by psychologists and VR experts that explains the technology of the VR platform, how to use the VR technology effectively, the benefits of using VR in therapy, and frequently asked questions from mental health professionals about using VR software as a tool for psychology.

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What you will learn in our guide to VR for mental health professionals:

  • An introduction to VR technology and its applications in mental health.
  • How to prepare a VR session with our thorough guide.
  • The main tools to apply VR.
  • The potential of VR software in current and future mental health treatment.
  • Bibliography and FAQ.

In our virtual reality guide for mental health professionals, readers will learn VR is an advanced technology that is revolutionizing the world of mental health. More than 30 years of scientific evidence validate the therapeutic benefits of VR software technology in the treatment of phobias, other anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, psychosis, ADHD, and ASD (Emmelkamp et al., 2021) by showing higher acceptability from patients than traditional therapies (García-Palacios et al., 2007).

VR is non-invasive and safe technology that is based on the projection of interactive 3D graphics through a VR device (headset and headphones). The VR helmet isolates external stimuli for the user, transporting them to a different and unique environment operated and under the care of a mental health professional. It is in this “virtual” environment, designed by and for healthcare professionals, that the therapist has the possibility to control what is happening depending on the patient’s needs.

In this guide to VR for mental health professionals, we will talk about those scientific studies that support the effectiveness of virtual reality in psychotherapy and explain how the Amelia Virtual Care’s VR tool can benefit mental professionals while applying therapeutic techniques such as gradual exposure, systematic desensitization, relaxation, mindfulness, and many others.

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