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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Westside Psychological Services is pleased to offer Virtual Reality Therapy!
This state of the art therapeutic approach is backed by more than 25 years of scientific research.*

Click [here] for Frequently Asked Questions about Virtual Reality Therapy

Click [here] to learn what to expect in VR Therapy?

What issues can VR Therapy help with?

Anyone suffering from fear or anxiety around: public speaking, sleeping or darkness, animals, driving, flying, high places, crowded or tight spaces, social situations, worrying, exams, school, moods, medical appointments, and more.

It can also be used to practice mindfulness, relaxation, for education, and attention training.

How do I sign up?

Ask your WPS Clinician if VR Therapy is an option for you, or register for our services request list now.

*Clinical Validation/Publications
Krijn, M., Emmelkamp, P.M.G., Olafsson, R.P., & Biemon, R. (2004). Virtual reality exposure therapy of anxiety disorders: A review. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 259-281.

Meyerbröker, K., & Emmelkamp P. (2010). Virtual reality exposure therapy in anxiety disorders: a systematic review of process-and-outcome studies. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 933-944.

Rothbaum, B.O., Hodges, L.F., Kooper, R., Opdyke, D., & Williford, J. (1995). Effectiveness of Virtual Reality Graded Exposure in the Treatment of Acrophobia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 626-628.

Opris, D., Pintea, S., García-Palacios, A., Botella, C., & Szamosköki, S. (2012). Virtual reality exposure therapy in anxiety disorders: a quantitative meta-analysis. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 85-93.

Parsons, T., & Rizzo A. (2008). Affective outcomes of virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety and specific phobias: a meta-analysis. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 39, 250-261.

Powers, M., & Emmelkamp, P. (2008). Virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety disorders: a meta-analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(3), 561-569.

Marples-Keller J.L., Bunnell Brian. E., Kim, S.J., & Rothbaum, B.O. (2017). The use of virtual reality technology in the treatment of anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 25(3), 103-113.

Dr. Cheryl Repass, Clinic Director - 585.594.6720 -