Oasis-Talk to trial treating height phobia with Virtual Reality headsets

Height phobia or Acrophobia affects up to 5% of the general population, with women twice as likely to experience it as men.  Everyone is susceptible to a fear of heights, but when the fear causes a person to have panic attacks and consistently avoid situations that involve heights, their condition becomes a phobia. Individuals who suffer can become terrified to the point that they cannot physically remove themselves from situations in which they become fearful. Often the fear can have a real impact on a person’s day to day life. A common treatment for height phobia is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), often including a gradual exposure to heights to help overcome the anxiety caused by heights. This is known as desensitisation or exposure therapy.

Oasis-Talk are currently working with a team from Oxford University to provide CBT using Virtual Reality headsets to help people overcome their height phobia. This is a unique approach and we are excited to be working on such a pioneering project.

This new approach will combine using CBT with state of the art VR headsets, allowing a participant to visually experience being at height through a powerful VR simulation, while remaining in the safety of the therapy room with a trained therapist.

The therapy will take place over up to 6 sessions from a venue in Downend. Any adult in Bristol or South Gloucestershire with a height phobia can access this FREE therapy by contacting Oasis-Talk on 0117 970 9423 and asking for Viks Williams or emailing info@oasis-talk.org