VR Therapy for Mental Health in the Metaverse
Ever have that ‘I just want to pull the covers over my head and cocoon yourself’ sort of day? Well, you’re not alone — especially in the recent uncertain times. But there is good news. Studies show that you can actually rewire your brain to produce more of those happy chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, anandamide, and so on.
Thanks to your brain’s neuroplasticity, you can reorganize synaptic connections, structures, and functions as you replace your unhealthy thoughts and behaviors with healthier ones that offer lasting positive effects on your mental health.
Therapy Approaches for Stress and Anxiety Treatment
Brain researchers once believed that the brain did not change significantly after we reached adulthood, but we now understand that the brain is a magnificent organ that can be changed and developed over time to help us adapt to new information and experiences throughout our life. It’s like a big lump of clay waiting to be molded, shaped, and carved out again and again.
That’s great news for the anxious brain.
With the help of a supportive therapist and self-determination, you can retrain your brain to handle life’s stressors—even the big ones that used to send you back to bed.
Common methods for teaching the brain new skills to handle stress and anxiety include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Psychodynamic therapies
If anxiety or stress is life-debilitating, some people also choose to take anxiolytic, antidepressant, and benzodiazepine medications; however, they all come with the risk of side effects. “Benzos’ in particular are known to be habit forming. Therefore, many people are turning to complementary and alternative practices like yoga, mindfulness, and herbal therapies to try to relieve stress and anxiety symptoms.
Now, thanks in part to the pandemic, telehealth solutions and virtual reality are becoming a mainstay in treatment so those suffering from anxiety or stress can get the help they need from the comfort of home.
Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety Disorders or Stress
Preliminary research has revealed that virtual reality applications can be efficacious tools to help relieve stress and anxiety. VR therapy is a fully immersive experience that can encourage nervous system regulation – from an anxious fight-or-flight state to a parasympathetic state of calm and ease. Moreover, it can provide that fun-filled distraction the ‘over-thinking brain’ may need.
Your personal therapist will create a personalized treatment plan for you based on your unique needs. This may include a combination of cognitive-behavioral behavioral therapy (CBT) and similar techniques alongside VR therapy using computerized imagery within a VR headset. As you play games, you’ll also be retraining your brain to relax. Many of the exercises you learn within the applications can also be applied outside of the virtual world. You can practice even when you don’t have your headset with you.
Comprehensive Therapy Program for Anxiety and Stress
VR therapy makes treatment programs feel less like therapy and more like playing games. You’re bound to feel excited about your therapy sessions instead of avoiding them at all costs.
Studies show that VR therapy may be an effective tool for stress and anxiety management. Thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity, VR can help ‘rewire your brain” with healthier neurons or redirect the old ones as you develop healthier habits.
You’ll meet with your dedicated therapist on a regular basis for personalized therapy. Between sessions, you can text your therapist if you have questions or want to discuss your treatment progress.
About Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety and Stress
There are several benefits to using our virtual reality therapy programs for stress and anxiety management:
- VR headset sent to your home
- Video calls and in-app messaging with your dedicated XRHealth therapist
- Personalized plan-of-care, consistently updated based on your progress
Who is eligible?
- If you’ve experienced stress or anxiety for more than three months, you are likely experiencing a chronic condition and could be a good candidate for VR therapy.
- VR Therapy is available for ages 12 and up.
- Our medical VR applications treat specific health conditions. In rare situations, you might not be eligible to use VR if it is contraindicated due to another medical condition.
Where do we operate?
We provide services in MA, CA, FL, IL, GA, NY, and NJ.
In MA, we work with Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim, BCBS, Medicare, and Allways insurance providers.
Medicare also covers members in FL, CA, IL. In IL, we work with BCBS PPO.