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conquer your fears with VR Therapy in San Antonio

Phobias are excessive fears and worries that seriously impact your way of life. Let’s change that! At Mobile Psych we can help you manage and control your fears. Patients with untreated phobias are more likely to develop new ones.

Did you know that patients prefer virtual reality over other interventions and technologies?

It is validated by more than 25 years of scientific research. It is more effective than traditional imaginative techniques. It is less intrusive and provides more privacy.

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VR Technology

Many people with mental conditions tend to prefer VR therapy 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 treatment stage. 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.

More than a decade of controlled studies have shown the effectiveness and efficiency of VR-based therapies in treating 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. However, using VR therapy does not mean completely forgoing other treatment approaches. Quite the contrary. Both VR technology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can enhance the effects of standard treatment.
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 therapy is different from video games 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 world and reality could become negligible (Jose Gutiérrez Maldonado, 2002)
Results obtained from any line of therapy will differ from 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.
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.