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In the office of The Grove Psychiatry a VR headset hangs from ceiling

About VR Exposure Therapy

VR is a computer-generated three-dimensional environment enabling an immersive multi-sensory experiences. VR can help a patient feel as if they are actually experiencing a situation. VR offers the ability to engage in and access specific situations that otherwise would not be practically available such as flying in a plane, being exposed to heights, bridges, bugs or animals. The most common clinical application has been VR exposure therapy (VRET) for anxiety-related disorders (e.g., phobias, social anxiety, agoraphobia, PTSD). There have been over 30 randomized control trials supporting its efficacy. VRET has shown comparable benefits for in-vivo (live exposure therapy). More evidence is emerging supporting its efficacy in other mental health conditions including, autism-spectrum disorder, addictions, eating disorders, and psychosis.


The Grove: Comprehensive Psychiatry and Wellness is excited for the future of VR work and the potential to give powerful treatment options to our patients.


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