Virtual Reality Therapy

At Anxiety House Brisbane, our vision is to be the clinical leaders in treating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders with quality evidenced based treatment programs. We are committed to meeting you at whatever stage you are at and help you move in the right direction.

Anxiety House Brisbane is now proud to offer Virtual Reality Therapy: a combination of evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy and Virtual Reality technology in overcoming anxiety and phobias.


Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) is a cutting-edge therapeutical approach used to overcome and treat phobias. It generates stimuli which provides patients with scenes that are generally too anxiety provoking to experience in real life using Virtual Reality software and a headset. VRT can be performed within the privacy of a therapeutic office, thus avoiding the potential for public embarrassment and ensuring patient confidentiality. The treatment also involves the use of patient reports and biofeedback; a mind-body technique using visual or auditory feedback to fain control over involuntary bodily functions.

Clinical evidence has shown that by undertaking VRT, patients feel secure in entering the real world and confronting their fear in person. Many patients have also reported an increased sense of control over their psychological anxieties and symptoms. According to the Virtual Reality Medical Centre there is a 92% success rate in treating patient using Virtual Reality Therapy. Additionally, other studies have found that patients who undergo VRT require fewer sessions than traditional treatment methods.


Sessions are structured over an intensive 6-session programme which spans over 3 weeks. These sessions are designed teach you how to manage your anxiety when triggered in virtual simulations, which can then be generalised to real life situations. Depending on your fears, the final session can involve an in-session exposure element, where you can test out your skills. A typical 6-session course includes 5 hours of psychological therapy, and two to three sessions of either Virtual Reality or In-Situ Exposure. Virtual Reality Fees are charged at the usual consultation rate, and if suitable may attract a rebate from Medicare.


Session 1: Assessment with a clinical psychologist, goal setting, and completion of questionnaires

Sessions 2 & 3: Psychoeducation, physical and/or cognitive therapy techniques, hierarchy development

Session 4: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Session 5: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

Session 6: Real Life exposure and/or Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy to highly anxiety provoking stimuli

Post-programme assessment: Check-in, post-treatment questionnaires


Our VR programs are specifically designed to treatment phobias:


An intense/irrational fear of small confined spaces, or the possibility that there is no escape from a small space. This phobia can impact on an individual’s professional and personal life, such as working in small offices, taking public transport, using elevators, or medical procedures (e.g. MRI or CT scans). Individuals with this type of phobia tend to go to extreme lengths to avoid small spaces.

Blood and Needle Phobias (BII)

Also known as Blood-Injury-Injection phobias, this is a phobia associated with medical procedures such as, specific blood related situations, dental visits, and needles. Individuals suffering from this phobia often experience anxiety around procedures involving hypodermic needles and syringes. This leads to negative health outcomes if left untreated and can have negative impacts on the individual’s life causing delay or distress related to situations such as travel and parenthood. Despite these risks, Individuals suffering from this phobia go to extreme lengths of avoid these situations.

Public Speaking Anxiety

A fear of public speaking can lead to an individual’s inability to perform. Individuals suffering from this phobia go to extreme length to avoid these situation, such as presenting and speaking in formal meetings. This causes further anxiety as it interferes with professional life and career progression.

Fear of Flying

Also known as aviophobia, this fear causes significant impairment in professional and personal life, particularly as flying is becoming increasingly common for business trips and overseas family holidays. This phobia is associated with acrophobia (fear of heights) and claustrophobia (fear of small spaces). People suffering from this phobia go to extreme lengths to avoid flying in an airplane or helicopter.

Fear of Heights

A fear of heights (acrophobia) is associated with a severe and irrational fear of heights and falling. This phobia impacts professional and personal life as individuals will avoid tall buildings, bridges etc. Individuals suffering from this phobia go to extreme lengths to avoid these situations.

Fear of Vomiting

Emetophobia is an intense or irrational fear around vomiting, and can include the sight, sound, smell, or act of vomiting, and/or the impact vomiting has on the self or others around. This fear can impact professional and personal life as individuals fear vomiting or watching others vomit and can experience significant discomfort around experiencing nausea. Individuals suffering from this phobia often report avoiding particular types of cuisines, going certain places, and for females, avoiding falling pregnant due to the fear of morning sickness.

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