Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT)

Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT)

Fear is a natural emotion and a survival mechanism. When we confront a perceived threat, our bodies respond in specific ways.

Physical reactions to fear include sweating, increased heart rate, and high adrenaline levels that make us extremely alert.

 

Some fears may be a result of experiences or trauma, while others may represent a fear of something else entirely, such as a loss of control. Still, other fears may occur because they cause physical symptoms, such as being afraid of heights because they make you feel dizzy and sick to your stomach. This may have effected hugely your daily activities of living and enjoying your life to the fullest potential. 

 

Virtual reality therapy (VRT) uses specially programmed computers, visual immersion devices and artificially created environments to provide a simulated experience that can be used to diagnose and treat psychological conditions. Research into advanced virtual reality therapy techniques has shown its effectiveness helping people face their fears or traumatic memories and learn to overcome them.

 

The biggest use of virtual reality in clinical settings is in the area of exposure therapy, which goal is about helping a client, whether it’s due to a simple phobia or PTSD, to engage, to confront and to process difficult, traumatic memories.   

Virtual reality can be used to create compelling and life-like scenarios where clients can relive experiences that trigger mental health issues and deal with them in a safe way and safe environment.

 

Northern Counselling & EMDR Inc. teamed up with RescueFitAdventures and their physical specialist to deliver Virtual Reality Therapy to their clients.

We provide VRT for the following:

- fear of heights

- fear of flying

- fear of driving

- fear of public speaking / social interactions

- fear of needles

- phobias (spiders, bees, wasps etc.)

- addictions (alcohol, drugs etc.)

- guided meditation / mindfulness

 

Please note, Virtual Reality Therapy is not cover by extended health care benefits.