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What is Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy?


Virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) is a relatively new and innovative form of psychotherapy that uses virtual reality technology to simulate real-life situations in a controlled and safe environment. This allows patients to face their fears and anxieties in a gradual and supportive way, making it a powerful tool in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions. Authentically You Counseling is one of the few practices offering cutting-edge virtual reality exposure therapy in Concord, NH, providing patients with a safe and effective way to address their mental health needs.


VRET works by immersing patients in a virtual environment that is designed to simulate the situations or scenarios that trigger their anxiety or fear. For example, someone with a phobia of flying might be placed in a virtual airport and gradually exposed to increasingly realistic simulations of the experience of flying, such as the sounds of the plane taking off, the feeling of turbulence, and the sensation of being in a confined space. As the patient becomes more comfortable with the experience, the therapist can gradually increase the intensity of the simulation, allowing the patient to become more confident and in control of their anxiety.


One of the key benefits of VRET is that it allows patients to experience exposure therapy in a safe and controlled environment. This means that they can confront their fears and anxieties in a way that feels manageable and supportive, without having to face the potential risks or consequences of doing so in real life. Additionally, because the virtual environment can be customized and adjusted to the patient's needs, it allows for a much more individualized and tailored treatment approach.

Studies have shown that VRET can be highly effective in the treatment of a range of mental health conditions, including phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder. In fact, a recent meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials found that VRET was as effective as in-person exposure therapy in reducing symptoms of anxiety and fear (Morina et al., 2015).


At Authentically You Counseling, we understand the importance of staying up-to-date with the latest developments in psychotherapy and mental health treatment. That's why we offer cutting-edge virtual reality exposure therapy to our patients, giving them access to a safe and effective treatment option that can help them overcome their fears and anxieties in a supportive and empowering way. Our practice is located at 112 Pleasant St, Concord, NH, and we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care in a welcoming and compassionate environment.


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