Help with social anxiety

There are many people who are anxious when they go out into new situations. This can especially be the case after a traumatic event or big change. It can be part of grief or after a long illness of any kind, affecting mental and physical health. Some people are naturally more anxious than others, and it often runs in families where one or both parents are prone to being highly anxious. In some cases, the social anxiety is so strong that the person suffers from agoraphobia, and cannot leave the house.

Virtual reality therapy can help you overcome your fears

Oasis-Talk is the first UK therapy clinic to offer virtual reality (VR) therapy for social anxiety. This programme has been especially developed to help people feel more confident in social situations. Combining this new evidence-based treatment with the skills of a qualified therapist, we can help you feel safer in a range of social situations including:

  • Walking into a crowded cafe
  • Going to the pub
  • Visiting your doctors’ surgery
  • Going to the supermarket
  • Walking down a busy street
  • Getting on a bus

What to expect from virtual reality therapy for social anxiety

The therapy combines virtual reality with the presence of a skilled therapist in the room. The virtual reality enables a simulated experience of the outside world of everyday situations to be brought inside the therapy room. Your therapist is then able to guide you through increasing levels of challenge through the programme. She will combine her skills in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with the virtual reality experience to help you to successfully overcome your fears in relatively few sessions (usually 3-7 sessions).

In the first session your therapist will find out which social situations you find particularly stressful. She will explain the programme to you, and give you a trial demo so you can get used to it. You will choose a social situation that you find challenging and your therapist will then take you through the programme at your own pace to overcome those fears and your anxiety.

We are still taking bookings

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions we are not able to deliver VR therapy sessions during this time. We are however taking bookings for when restrictions are lifted and we will be able to provide face-to-face sessions again. Thank you for your understanding. To book your session please get in touch.

Special offer

We are offering a 50% discount to the first 30 new clients in 2020 who wish to undertake a programme of six sessions for the treatment of social anxiety and acrophobia. If you would like to book this offer or to find out more information please contact us. read more

Meet the team

Oasis-Talk is run by a core team who lead and coordinate the work of a group of highly committed, skilled therapists and well-being facilitators. read more