What is Virtual Reality Immersion Therapy (VRIT)?
Virtual reality (VR) can be defined as a set of three-dimensional environments in which a person interacts in real time, with a sense of immersion (sense of presence) similar to that of a real situation. Sense of presence and interaction with the environment are the characteristic components of this kind of technology. In psychotherapy, virtual environments allows us to reproduce relevant simulation configurations for intervention, including the possibility of manipulating certain variables in order to control and adapt the intervention to a client’s individual needs. Therefore, this technology allows us to work in a way which cannot be reproduced in the real situation. It also provides the option of evaluating and intervening with the client “within” a specific situation (for example, in the subway) without the need to leave the session. It allows us to repeat certain conditions (for example, a plane takeoff) as many times as necessary to work on a therapeutic goal (habituation, inhibition of anxious responses, relaxation, etc.). It can also help us to plan in a personalized way, manipulating variables and the moments at which certain events are the most anxiety provoking. In summary, it is a tool that can facilitate psychological evaluation and intervention protocols and complement evidence based therapy models. We currently have environments in which you can work exposure, systematic desensitization, diaphragmatic breathing, muscle relaxation, visualization/imagery and mindfulness techniques. Likewise, with guidance from your therapist, you will be able to use the environments to work on more cognitive (thinking) strategies.
Virtual Reality Immersion Therapy (VRIT) has been researched and scientifically proven to be an effective technique used in conjunction with other evidenced based therapy models in the treatment of anxiety conditions, trauma, ADHD, autism, depression, and for general relaxation and mindfulness.
To learn more about how Virtual Reality Immersion Therapy (VRIT) can help you, contact me today for a free consultation.