How it works
State of the art technology has allowed us to build treatments for social anxiety and fear of heights.
From experience we know that the most effective treatments are active. Active treatments allow patients to enter powerful scenarios that they find difficult and practice helpful ways of thinking and behaving.
We take a cognitive therapy approach, which means that we base therapeutic techniques on a tested theoretical model for each problem. The therapy can therefore be tailored to each condition, with its effectiveness demonstrated in clinical trials.
The experience of VR therapy triggers the same psychological and physiological reactions as real-life situations, meaning that what people learn from VR stays with them in the real world.
Supported by research
In 2017 Professor Daniel Freeman reviewed every study that has used VR to assess, understand and treat mental health conditions. In over 25 years, and 285 studies across a range of anxiety disorders, the results unequivocally confirm that VR is a proven method for delivering rapid, lasting improvement for patients.
In early 2018 the University of Oxford conducted a controlled trial of fear of heights treatments, in which 100 people who had suffered a fear of heights for an average of 30 years were randomly allocated either VR therapy or no treatment. On average, people spent approximately two hours in VR over five treatment sessions.
The findings, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, showed results that were better than outcomes typically delivered by premium face-to-face therapy. All participants in the VR group showed a reduction in their fear of heights, with the average reduction being 68%. Half of the participants saw a reduction in their fear of over 75%. These results demonstrate the dramatic effects on psychological well-being that VR therapy can produce.