Virtual Reality Therapy for Treatment of Psychological Disorders

  • Max M. North
  • Sarah M. North


Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) is a new innovative modality of therapy that allows clients to enter a computer-generated virtual world in order to be exposed to fear-provoking stimuli similar to their real world experiences. VRT has become an important treatment alternative for psychologists; scientists have used VRT for cognitive therapies and structural desensitization of patients suffering from a variety of psychological disorders. One pioneering use of VRT has been its application in the treatment of phobic disorders. With proper techniques and provisions, scientists can conduct experiments providing results that suggest that VRT is a useful addition to or a replacement for traditional therapy techniques.


Virtual reality Treatment Therapy VRT Phobic disorders Psychological disorders Virtual reality therapy Treatment for psychological disorders Virtual reality exposure therapy Virtual reality immersion therapy Simulation for therapy Computerized CBT 


  1. North, M. M., North, S. M., & Coble, J. R. (1996). Virtual Reality Therapy, an innovative paradigm. Colorado Springs, CO: IPI Press. ISBN 1-880930-08-0.Google Scholar

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Visualization & Simulation Research CenterSouthern Polytechnic State UniversityMariettaUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science Department, College of Science and MathematicsKennesaw State UniversityKennesawUSA

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