Treating phobias in virtual reality
How to cure phobias in virtual reality ?
The main goal of virtual reality exposure therapies is to immerse the patient progressively in the face of the object of his or her disorder. For each of the treated phobias, several exposure steps are available, and can be repeated infinitely.
The application and the environments are entirely realized by our teams of engineers and graphic designers in-house. The protocols and the specifications are written by our scientific committee consisting of health professionals and university health centres.
The benefits of virtual reality are many: patient safety, no travel outside the practice (for aviophobia for example), comfort of care, confidentiality, better scaling of environments and possibility of repeating the scenes infinitely. Scientific publications
C2Phobia: Advanced Technology to Treat Anxiety Disorders
CE Type medical device, C2Phobia software is easy to use and easy to handle. Designed by health professionals, psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists for their colleagues, it immerses the patient in realistics virtual environments. Equipped with virtual reality headphones and accompanied by the therapist, the patient is gradually exposed to different levels of anxiety.
The treatment of the most widespread phobias (claustrophobia, acrophobia, agoraphobia …) is now accessible and other pathologies will soon benefit from virtual reality.
Example of a practical case: How to treat vertigo?
Thanks to the virtual environments of C2Phobia, the exposure at different heights is very easy.
Depending on the patient’s anxiety and tolerance, you can expose him to the ground or facing a building (to apprehend the heights around him) and at different heights, from the first to the 15th floor to the roof of a skyscraper.
Exposure exercises can be done in different ways. Go out on balconies, use a glazed exterior elevator or go from one building to another via configurable walkways (with low walls, ropes or no protection).
Another situation: How to treat agoraphobia?
Several situations can cause agoraphobic feelings of severe stress and disability in everyday life, including public places, crowds or public transport.
The C2Phobia solution includes several therapeutic environments reproducing the places in which patients experience anxiety.
It is thus possible to dive into virtual reality and to go to a metro station, then into a more or less frequented car. Other situations immerse you in a railway station, in a driving bus, or in a train trip.
Virtual environments available for the treatment of phobias
Fear of public speaking
The fear of pigeons
The fear of dogs
The fear of cats
Training in virtual reality exposure therapies (VRET)
Are you a therapist? Director of an institution ? Health professional ? Do you want to be trained in virtual reality therapies? We offer a training calendar throughout France. For more information, please feel free to contact us.