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Virtual Reality: Experience the New Frontier of Mental Health Treatment

Mental disorders are among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Virtual Reality Therapy is quickly growing in popularity due to its effectiveness in helping patients ease certain phobias, relieving symptoms of PTSD, managing disorders, assisting in coping with anxiety, and treating depression.

Over 25 years of research supports this treatment’s effectiveness, and Certus Psychiatry is offering Virtual Reality Therapy as an option for helping patients recover from their mental health challenges.

Virtual Reality Therapy — How It Works

The Psious Virtual Reality program available at Certus offers virtual environments and scenes specially designed to assist patients to better manage or overcome a number of mental health issues, including phobias.

By being exposed to scenarios via virtual reality goggles, patients learn to practice any number of coping mechanisms that Certus therapists teach.

For example, if you have anxiety in social settings, Psious will expose you to simulated group settings where you can begin to learn how to keep your anxiety in check or ultimately overcome it from the safety of the Certus office.

Virtual Reality Can Help with These Mental Health Issues

The mental health issues Virtual Reality help treat are vast.

Review this list to see if the issue(s) you have may benefit from this treatment.

Aerophobia (fear of flying)

An immersive experience of flying, from the moment one leaves home, en route to the airport, waiting at the boarding gate, and finally taking the flight.

Agoraphobia (fear of unfamiliar environments)

Virtual environments to work on the fear of being in places or situations from which it may be difficult to escape or where help is not available.

Amaxophobia (fear of driving)

Scenarios to allow the patient to face two driving situations: a road and a city along with variables such as sections of curves, tunnels, traffic lights, and traffic.


Situations are available that evaluate the impact of bullying offers intervention sessions.

Claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces)

Sessions work on the fear or panic of being in enclosed or crowded spaces, or where it may be difficult to escape, such as an elevator, or situations such as undergoing an MRI.


Depression-related environmental tools allow for the evaluation and management of depression-related symptoms. With the environments available, you can adopt different intervention strategies and work towards improving depression symptoms.

Eating Disorders

Two virtual environments aim to work on body image distortion and food exposure, which have proven valuable for treating eating disorders.

Generalized Anxiety

Virtual scenes offer different situations that may trigger anxiety, so recognition and symptom management paths may be achieved.

Medical Procedures

Medical procedure-related environments offer vital support for the distress and anxiety related to medical interventions, such as a fear of needles.


Assists in becoming more aware of thought patterns. The mindfulness scenarios encourage being intentionally attentive.


The environments of this area will help to evaluate and work on symptoms related to autism spectrum disorders.

Nyctophobia (fear of the dark)

Nyctophobia environments engage patients fearing the dark or storms. This works for both children and adults.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Environments help patients manage the ruminating thoughts associated with OCD.

Pain Management

Diverting attention from a harmful stimulus to a more pleasant one to create a reduction in pain perception. It helps with anxiety and emotional toll that may be associated with chronic pain.

Public Speaking

Virtual reality can help to improve and work on public speaking abilities. Psious’ technology allows you to modify the number of people, audience attitudes, and even distractions.

Stress & Trauma

The stress and trauma environments apply eye desensitization and reprocessing by eye movements (EMDR) to intervene on the negative impacts of traumatic events, especially in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Relaxation programs include virtual environments that offering calming and peaceful surroundings. Patients practice different control techniques that work towards activation and relaxation.

Sleep-Wake Disorders

Tools available help support the intervention on sleep-related problems. These environments are designed to address satisfaction with the quality and quantity of sleep.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety environments expose patients to social interactions, cognitive restructuring, and social skills training.

Somatic (feeling ill)

Somatic environments are tools to evaluate and manage the physical, affective, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of feeling ill.

Sports Performance

The environments for the sport performance area evaluate and manage activation, emotional regulation, and attention management for improving performance.

Test Anxiety

Three key scenarios simulate a classroom test situation: the wait before the exam, the entrance to the classroom, and during the exam.

Zoophobia (fear of animals)

360º videos, virtual environments, and augmented reality to work on the most common phobias related to animals.

At Certus, we want you to find your path to better mental health.
Whether you’re in the Piedmont Triad or the Research Triangle, contact us to schedule an appointment to learn more about Virtual Reality Therapy.

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