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Freedom From

Life-Limiting Phobias

With Graded Virtual Reality

Exposure Therapy

For over 15 years Kelvyn has been working with people to overcome their anxiety, stress and depression and has always been at the forefront of looking at new ways to tackle mental health and wellbeing issues for his clients.

Now he has in collaboration with Psious, the forerunners of Virtual Reality Phobia Therapy, introduced this advanced technology into his treatment program to become the first Virtual Reality Phobia treatment service in Essex and Hertfordshire.

The VR technology, which includes a headset and earphones, Immerses patients into an alternate world they can interact with, helping them confront perceived problems and challenges. This is then combined with the more traditional cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and biofeedback. This new method of treatment has managed to successfully treat patients with a wide range of conditions, including anxiety, stress and depression.

Since the early days of virtual reality, psychotherapists recognised the potential of the technology for exposure therapy, in which patients are exposed to things they fear in safe and controlled settings. Exposure therapy targets behaviours (most often, avoidance) that people show in response to situations or memories that they find frightening or anxiety-provoking.

 

The goal of the therapy is to diminish the avoidance behaviour by actively confronting the things that a person fears to learn that anxiety and fear will lessen on their own. 

  • OCD: hygiene concerns and fear of germs from touching items in a public restroom

  • Health Anxiety: worry about diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure or heart attack

  • Fear of Flying includes leaving for the airport, waiting in the terminal for your flight, boarding, take-off, landing, sitting in various locations on the plane (aisle, middle, window), flying in various weather conditions including storms and turbulence

  • Fear of Heights including tall buildings, glass elevators, and open metal construction elevators

  • Fear of MRI machines

  • Fear of Public Speaking in front of varying sized audiences from small, medium and large

  • Fear of Spiders (arachnophobia)

  • Fear of the Dark/Fear of Being Home Alone

  • Job Interview Anxiety

  • Needle Phobia and fear of injections, blood draws, or finger pricks to measure glucose level

  • Social Anxiety in a variety of settings

  • Test Anxiety for school or college exams

  • Fear of dogs

  • PTSD secondary to sexual violence: fear of being alone with men

  • PTSD secondary to motor vehicle accident

  • Substance Abuse

Virtual Reality also helps teach mental health tools such as:

  • Mindfulness training

  • Relaxation training

  • Stress management training