Current research has highlighted the benefit of Virtual Reality (VR) as a non-invasive tool, used alongside cognitive behavior therapy, exposure therapy, and skills training to address anxiety, social anxiety, various phobias, vr treatment for depression, and substance use disorders. VR therapy allows our patients to face their fears, practice conversations, and help them learn and utilize relapse prevention skills in an authentic virtual setting. This technology also allows the clinician to teleport their patient to an actual location with satellite imaging.
Virtual reality therapy is the use of virtual reality technology for treating mental health disorders through visual immersion. This approach to therapy can help treat psychological conditions and even help the user by offering virtual rehabilitation.
Virtual reality therapy -VR helping mental health uses a visual immersion device that creates an artificially created environment to give the patient a simulated experience. This visual experience can be used to help treat the patient with mental health disorders through a remote and private environment.
During a therapy session at Highland Springs, the patient is fitted with a headset that communicates via Bluetooth with the application that the clinician controls with a tablet. Speakers are included in the headset for an immersive experience that guides our patients through the process. The clinician communicates the process with the patient every step of the way, while gradually exposing them to phobias and sources of distress to increase their tolerance to anxiety-provoking and distressing situations.
The clinician moves at a pace that is comfortable for the patient while implementing relaxation, breathing, and guided meditation exercises to increase feelings of safety and wellbeing after a treatment protocol.
Virtual Reality helping mental health can be easily implemented in 45-or 60-minute therapy sessions. Most of the session time is allocated to the evidence-based therapy intervention, processing the VR experience, and for the patient to provide feedback to the clinician to help adjust the VR exposure and skills training exercises.
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