VIRTUAL THERAPIES

Yes, technology is here to help. VIRTUAL THERAPIES provide relief and cure to different conditions with the help of innovative VR technologies.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) uses specially programmed computers, visual immersion devices and artificially created environments to give the patient a simulated experience that can be used to diagnose and treat psychological conditions.

In many environmental phobias, reaction to the perceived hazards, and the like are usually triggered by visual and auditory stimuli.

In VR-based therapies, the virtual world is a means of providing artificial, controlled stimuli in the context of treatment, and with a therapist able to monitor the patient’s reaction.

Nadia Gorduza – medical doctor, psychotherapist and business coach

VIRTUAL THERAPIES proved efficiency in cases of:

– Phobias (Fear of flying, public speaking, heights, storms, closed spaces and childhood social anxiety in school)

– Job Interviews

– Combat-Related PTSD (post traumatic syndrome disorder)

– Acute Pain Procedures (e.g. injections, intravenous line placement, dental procedures, burn treatment, broken bone repair)

– Drug/Alcohol Addiction

With the help of Virtually Better, Inc® we made available for Romania a system for fear of flying and fear of storm which are proved to be in the first top 4 phobias worldwide.

How it works

The person that uses the therapy faces their fear in a virtual world, which simulates the feared situation.

The patient wears goggles and headphones and experiences visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (or physical) information immersing them in the situation.

The patient will “feel” like they are “there,” and with the trained clinician asking specific questions and creating patient specific events to occur in the software, the patient will respond physically and emotionally as if the situation was real.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapies is especially helpful when in vivo exposure to the environment that generates fear is difficult to arrange or challenging to control.

For instance, to treat fear of public speaking, it is nearly impossible to assemble a group of people to serve as an audience.

Nadia Gorduza – medical doctor, psychotherapist and business coach

For fear of flying, clinicians can’t guarantee turbulence, storms, or unfamiliar noises.

In VRET, the clinician has complete control over these phobias and many other fear provoking triggers, which results in a patient-tailored exposure session, that can be repeated as many times as clinically necessary.

This gives the patient a greater sense of mastery and control when faced with real life anxiety.