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Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) for Phobias



Elizabeth McMahon, PhD
Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) for Phobias - Professional Mental Health Webinar
Thursday, February 09, 2023 12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm ET
CE/CME Credit

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Virtual reality (VR) lets therapists offer individualized, controlled, immersive, repeatable exposure experiences during in-office or teletherapy sessions. Exposure therapy is the best practice treatment for phobias, but real-world exposure can be frightening, difficult, uncontrollable, or difficult to arrange. Clients are seeking VR therapy because VR can make exposure therapy easier and more acceptable. Changes in VR generalize to the real world. This webinar covers uses of VR in treating phobias, presents key research findings supporting VR exposure therapy (VRET), and touches on Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (DEI) issues. The presentation includes seven secrets of effective VRET, eight ways to monitor client response, and two case studies. The webinar also discusses VRET’s benefits, potential risks, common therapist concerns, and two approaches to creating a VR exposure hierarchy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the research support and rationale for using virtual reality for exposure with phobias.
  2. Outline a hierarchy of virtual reality exposures as part of specific phobia treatment.
  3. Describe two ways to evaluate client response to virtual reality exposure therapy.
Presenter(s) Biography

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD is a recognized expert in virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) who has specialized in anxiety disorders for over 30 years and has used virtual reality (VR) with clients since 2010. Dr. McMahon has given CE presentations on using VR to treat anxiety and phobias at national conferences, including for ADAA, the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and PESI. Her webinar ontreating needle phobia using VR for exposure as well as a video of a simulated VRET session are offered free to therapists through the Society for Virtual Reality Therapy ( Her publications include Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety: A Guide for Therapists (Routledge, 2022) and the client workbook, "Overcoming Anxiety and Panic interactive guide" (Hands-on-Guide, 2019).

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