Current trends and future directions for virtual reality enhanced psychotherapy

Marilyn P. Safir, Helene S. Wallach

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To date, the best treatment regimens for a wide range of psychological disorders have been found to be Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). However, difficulties arise with various components of CBT, for example, lack of therapist control and loss of confidentiality in the exposure component. Virtual Reality CBT (VRCBT) is a new and effective technology that overcomes these difficulties. VRCBT has been used in therapy for various psychological disorders (phobias, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, etc.) with promising results. In addition, new approaches in VR assisted Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy training are also being developed. This chapter presents an up to date review of these studies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Computational Intelligence Paradigms in Healthcare 6. Virtual Reality in Psychotherapy, Rehabilitation, and Assessment
EditorsSheryl Brahnam, Jain Lakhmi
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1860-949X

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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