Virtual Reality (VR) offers a “new way of doing therapy” that has important advantages for the therapeutic context. The virtual experience is capable of producing the same reactions and emotions in the person as the ones he/she would experience in a similar situation in the real world. It is not necessary to wait until the events occur in the real world, thus increasing the possibilities for self-training.
This tool offers a series of important advantages in the therapeutic context:
Currently, many studies support the efficacy of this technique in the treatment of various
anxiety disorders, such as specific phobias (e.g., Botella et al., 1998, 2004), panic disorder
(e.g., Botella et al., 2007), social anxiety disorder (e.g., Klinger et al., 2005), or post-traumatic
stress disorder (e.g., Baños et al., 2009, 2011).