More than a decade of controlled studies have shown the effectiveness and efficiency of VR-based therapies intervention on mental disorders, especially anxiety and specific phobias. Its level of clinical effectiveness is higher than the traditional imagination exposure technique. It is also as effective as in vivo exposure. (Opris et al., 2012; Meyerbröker et al., 2010, Parons et al., 2008; Emmelkamp et al., 2002.
However, using VR does not mean completely forgoing other approaches. Quite the contrary.
Both VR technology and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can enhance the effects of standard intervention.
Results obtained from any line of therapy will differ from one case to the next. Depending on the condition that you have you may need more or less VR therapy sessions. Your therapist will help determine the number of sessions. In comparison with the traditional imaginative techniques, VR delivers quicker results because not everybody has the same imagination capacity. Also VR reduces logistic time and costs associated with in vivo exposure. This means that you don't need to step out of your therapist offIce to be exposed to the stimuli
Yes and no. On one hand, like video games, VR finds stronger appeal in people who engage their imagination to the furthest extent possible during sessions. Using your imagination can help foster sense of immersion. VR has been shown to work well with children for just this reason. On the other hand, though, VR is different from video games in that its unique technological capacity helps enhance the sense of presence.