Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety: A Guide for Therapists

Author(s) : Elizabeth McMahon, Author(s) : Debra Boeldt

Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety: A Guide for Therapists

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : November 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 274
  • Category :
    Individual Psychotherapy
  • Catalogue No : 95979
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367699512
  • ISBN 10 : 0367699516
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Practical, down to earth, clearly written, and easy for therapists to understand and apply, Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety is a useful guide for any clinician treating anxiety, regardless of setting (in-office or via telehealth), theoretical orientation, or level of training. Written by an experienced psychologist who has used multiple VR systems since 2010, it's the only up to date, clinically informed, evidence-based training manual available.

Easy-to-understand concepts and diagrams explain anxiety and its treatment, and the book incorporates research findings and clinical expertise. VRT is described step by step with multiple case examples, and an extended case-vignette chapter presents a session-by-session treatment protocol of a complex case with transcript excerpts. Key findings and quotations from research are also presented. After completing the guide, therapists and other mental health professionals will understand the unique clinical benefits of VR, be prepared to use VR in therapy comfortably and effectively either in the office or remotely, and will have expertise in a new, needed, and empirically validated treatment for a common clinical problem.

Reviews and Endorsements

"Extremely helpful for clinicians who want to implement this cutting-edge approach to delivering evidence-based care." - Albert "Skip" Rizzo, PhD, director of the Medical Virtual Reality group at the Institute for Creative Technologies and research professor in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Gerontology, University of Southern California.

"This timely, step-by-step guide provides highly practical tools and techniques. Designed for maximum ease of use with case examples, summary tables, clinical questions, and treatment overviews. Highly recommended for clinicians, scholars, and the general reader." - Giuseppe Riva, PhD, full professor of general psychology and director of the Applied Technology for Neuro-Psychology Lab, Istituto Auxologico Italiano.

"The most up to date, masterfully written, empirically supported, anxiety VR therapy guide. Concise and engaging. An essential resource for virtual reality enthusiasts, clinicians, academics, and organizations looking to bring VR into their healthcare practices." - Michael Valdovinos, PsyD, ABPP, VR expert and assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.



About the Author(s)

Elizabeth McMahon,, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice, consultant, author of Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Interactive Guide, and an acknowledged expert in virtual reality therapy for anxiety who has used VR in clinical practice since 2010.

Debra Boeldt, PhD, is the deputy director of the National Mental Health Innovation Center and senior instructor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

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