12,5% of the global population suffers from claustrophobia.
Virtual reality therapies have proved their efficiency in anxiety disorder’s care and in particular in specific phobias such as the fear of confined spaces. A gradual and progressive virtual reality exposure reduces your anxiety in this situation.
« Virtual reality has shown 80% of efficiency, and the benefits are maintained for more than a year after the therapy » Eric Malbos, Psychiatric doctor
C2Care, virtual reality therapeutic software world leader since 2015, makes available the possibility to expose yourself directly at home. To overcome this fear, psychological assistance is made to give you cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques and with virtual reality exposure.
Why using virtual reality for claustrophobia ?
VRET (Virtual Reality Exposure Therapies) are based on Cognitive-Behavioral therapies (CBT). You are being exposed to a situation similar to reality using a virtual reality headset.
Gradually, you are going to be exposed to different casual situations (elevators, subways, theater…) safely. The therapy depends on your own rhythm. The exposure can be reiterated as needed to create the habituation and make the anxiety disappear.
How does it work ?
You receive a virtual reality headset with unlimited access to the software. If you already have your headset, you can directly have access to the software. You are able to expose yourself in various environments linked to your claustrophobia (subways, elevators, arrow hallways…).
Simultaneously, twice a month, you have appointments with a psychologist to help you with your anxiety. During these consultations, you are using the virtual reality headset. It’s helpful to discuss and to understand more about your claustrophobia, and to have useful tools to handle your anxiety. The exposure is gradual and adapted to your needs and to your anxiety.
At the end of the 3 months subscription, you can keep going on the therapy if you want to.
Cécile L. 43 years old
“I am working on the 7th floor of a business center in Paris. As I am claustrophobic, I can’t go into an elevator. So… yes, I am taking the stairs but I need to have a specific organization : coming early at work, having a great physical shape and not forgetting my sneakers. But I can’t handle that anymore, even if it forces me to do sports. I really feel limited. In this program there are many environments making me face my fear of elevators. And I am lucky to have an awesome therapist ! Virtual reality and psychotherapy are complementary : a theoretical part with the psychologist and a practical part with virtual reality.”
Gwen N. 34 years old
“Closed, arrowed, dark places are terrifying for me since I had a bad experience. I let you imagine how hard it is for me to get in an elevator, a basement, or a nightclub underground bathroom. I have been in some very embarrassing situations because of that. But this program is incredible. I can clearly see my progress, and psychotherapy helps me to lift me up. I am making progress in every consultation. So, all I have to say is thank you very much.”
Karine Q. 39 years old
“My daughter loves making little shacks everywhere around the house, it’s like her own little cavern. Unfortunately, the last one she built is in our old attic. You can clearly understand that it’s impossible for me to get up there with her. I am stressed about knowing that she is up there alone even if it’s safe, but I can’t go there. Recently, I have realized that I am ready to face my fear. Actually, I am treating myself and I am really glad about it so far. I can really feel the positive effects. I am so excited about the end of my therapy to see all of my improvement.”