Virtual Reality Therapy: Superior Mental Health Treatment Right at Home

woman using VR headset in front of her computer for teletherapy counseling sessions


Virtual Reality Therapy is an emerging treatment for various mental health issues. It has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve mood in patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, chronic pain, eating disorders, & phobias. It provides a safe, controlled environment where clients can work to overcome their fears, address trauma and learn new, helpful skills  in a virtual setting.

Though it’s not yet widely available Mind By Design offers VRT that you can use right from your home. This immersive technology allows patients to feel comfortable and in control while working through challenging mental health symptoms

How Does Virtual Reality Therapy Work?

The use of VR in therapy has been going on for nearly 30 years and recently became more available to therapists and clients. Clients are immersed in a 3D virtual environment that recreates an experience they have identified as stressful or fear-inducing situation. While working with their therapist, the clients learn skills that help to identify and reduce anxiety triggers, such as “thought traps” and “mental compulsions” that can fuel anxiety. Together, the therapist and client implement new techniques that lessen the mental and emotional response to the stress stimulus. 

This type of treatment is also known as Exposure Therapy and it is used to reduce fear or anxiety through controlled exposure techniques while simultaneously learning new skills that help regulate physiological, cognitive and emotional responses. Prior to VRT, exposure therapy required in-vivo exposure, therefore, many therapists and clients found it very difficult to use in therapy.

What are the Benefits of Virtual Reality Therapy?

Virtual reality therapy has been shown to have faster and more sustainable results for clients with anxiety, phobia, mood disorders and PTSD. With the ability to create any specific environment, VRT can be tailored to client’s individual needs, goals and focus areas.

VRT is more accessible to the general public than ever before and research shows that successful completion of therapy is more common when VRT is used in conjunction with more traditional therapies. 

Work with our team to start Virtual Reality therapy now! 

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