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Theory-Guided Virtual Reality Psychotherapies: Going beyond CBT-Based Approaches

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Abstract

Most VR applications in mental health care have focused on cognitive behavioral therapy. This paper is a call to expand research into other theory-guided psychotherapy practices. Evidence is presented that supports the so-called dodo bird effect that contends that all bona fide psychotherapies are equally effective. Two avenues for expanding research are suggested that focus on VR strengths: creating VR playspaces (virtual environments where therapist and client can engage playfully) and VR drama therapy.

Keywords

  • virtual reality
  • drama therapy
  • creative expression therapy
  • playspace
  • psychotherapy
  • dodo bird effect

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Brahnam, S. (2013). Theory-Guided Virtual Reality Psychotherapies: Going beyond CBT-Based Approaches. In: Shumaker, R. (eds) Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. Systems and Applications. VAMR 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8022. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39420-1_2

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