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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

A woman experiencing Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

It’s not Just for Video Games

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) is validated by more than 25 years of scientific studies. It provides the opportunity for mental health professionals to not only reproduce real-life scenarios, but also to adapt and control these environments to suit the individual needs of their clients.

This technology allows mental health professionals to evaluate and identify their client’s needs and anxieties within the safety of a consultation room. VR is a tool that effectively facilitates the application of psychological evaluation and intervention protocols.

Who qualifies to use VRET? Although many people can benefit from using VRET, studies have shown it helps individuals who have anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and people who have PTSD and OCD. Individuals who have phobias such as flying and test taking are also encouraged to try VRET.

What happens during VRET? Your therapist will discuss how VRET can help you through your needs. After the evaluation, you will be given a PSIOUS VR headset. There is no difference between this headset and the ones you play video games on so, if you have one or have ever tried VR games, you already know how this works.

If you haven’t, you are essentially given goggles that cover your eyes and peripheral vision. Once you adjust it to your head, it places you in an augmented reality where you control your movement and decisions with hand controls and/or turning your head. You really feel like you’re wherever the headset shows you!

During the VRET session, your therapist will be able to control what you’re exposed to based on your individual needs discussed before the session. And don’t worry, you’ll be able to communicate with your therapist in real time. In fact, it’s encouraged to talk about how and what you’re feeling during the session.

Right now, Total Health and Wellness is offering VR therapy sessions. Contact us to learn how you can incorporate VR into your sessions! Call the office at 330-956-5681 or email us at

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