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Virtual Reality

Boost your mental wellbeing with virtual reality.
Practice Mindfulness with Virtual Reality
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Virtual Reality enables the reproduction of situation similar to real life.
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Have stay at home orders impacted your progress in therapy?

Do you travel a lot but would you like to continue working with your therapist?

Amelia for Smarthphone combines the benefits of virtual reality and the flexibility to telespsychology.

Step-by-step how a VR session works

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Your therapist will prepare the VR headset, headphones and electrodermal response sensor.
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The velcro sensor in the electrodermal response sensor will be positioned on your left hand's index and middle fingers.
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When you put on the headset, you'll see a code appear. This code will help your therapist pair the VR headset with the platadorm.
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You'll now see a field, Please wait for your therapist to prepare the following scene.
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At this point, your virtual session has begun and your therapist will begin to guide you through the VR scene. During the session, your therapist may ask you to define your level of anxiety using a scale from 1 to 10.
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VR will transport you to a virtual environment. Part of its success is attributable to your ability to let yourself go and be both immersed and present in the experience. If you do that, you'll have a more vivid VR session that generates emotions and thoughts and helps your therapist support you.

FAQs in Virtual Reality

Is VR more effective than traditional techniques?

More than a decade of controlled studies have shown the effectiveness and efficiency of VR-based therapies intervention on mental disorders, especially anxiety and specific phobias. Its level of clinical effectiveness is higher than the traditional imagination exposure technique. It is also as effective as in vivo exposure (Opris et al., Meyerbroke et al., 2010 Parons et al., 2008; Emmelkamp et al., 2002).However, using VR does not mean completely forgoing other approaches. Quite the contrary. Both VR technology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can enhance the effects of standard intervention.

Is VR like playing a video game?

Yes and no. On one hand, like video games, VR finds stronger appeal in people who engage their imagination to the furthest extent possible during sessions. Using your imagination can help foster a sense of immersion. VR has been shown to workwell with children for just this reason. On the other hand, though, VR is different form video gams in that its unique technological capacity helps enhance the sense of presence. In other words, when you use this technology, your ability to distinguish between the virtual word and reality could become negligible. (Jose Gutiérrez Maldonado, 2022.)

Can I expect quick results with VR?

Results obtained form any line of therapy will differ dorm one case to the next. Depending on the condition that you have, you may need more or less VR therapy sessions. Your therapist will help determine the number of sessions. In comparison with the traditional imaginative techniques, VR delivers quicker results because not everybody has the same imagination capacity. Also, VR reduces logistic time and costs associated with in vivo exposure. This means that you don't need to step out of your therapist' office to be exposed to the stimuli of which you are afraid. (Maldonado, 2002)

Can VR be a Substitute for Real- Life Experiences?

Various studies have shown that VR can promote a sense of presence and trigger bodily responses similar to in vivo exposure (Morina, N. et al., 2015). These reactions will help your therapist to work through them in sessions without the need for you to be placed in or exposed to an actual, high-risk scenario.

Why Virtual Reality?

Many people with mental conditions tend to prefer VR interventions because in vivo exposure can be too intense (García-Palacios et al., 2007). VR gives your therapist more control of the environment to which you are exposed, so that the level of exposure adjusts to and fits your needs and the intervention process. Also, VR therapy respects your confidentiality, being that you won't need to leave your therapist's office like in cases of real-life exposure.

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