How it works

XRT uses VR tech to display life-like digital scenes

Display life-like digital scenes in a custom, immersive and interactive space

Our digital scenes are tailored specifically to a patient’s phobia or anxiety trigger, We also spend time to adjust our scenes based on individual differences and cultural preferences. 

For instance, if someone has a fear of insects we can recreate the particular environment or environments where they find this fear difficult e.g. a particular area of the house or an outside space such as a picnic area/back garden.

 

The treatment combines cutting-edge VR with face-to-face CBT to gradually introduce the patient to the scene alongside our therapist. This will enable the individual to help manage their phobia and to recognise what triggers their anxiety.

Therapists are in complete control of the digital scenes, they are able to customise the environment and adjust exposure levels at any time, this could include adjusting sound levels, changing the number of people within a scene, managing interactions with characters or controlling the exposure to the phobia itself.

XRT also enables family members, carers or support workers to watch the live sessions in an adjacent room via a video link. As well as providing support to the patient during the sessions, it also gives them the opportunity to help maintain and build on the progress made.

Saves time & costs

XRT treats symptoms within 2 weeks, as opposed to 12-16 weeks for traditional CBT therapies.

Easy to install

XRT is easy to install, operate and maintain. The VR technology does not require a headset.

Proven impact

XRT is the product of over 9 years of research and clinical trials, working closely with end users.

We provide professionals with the technology

  • XRT is straightforward to set up and can be adapted to work around your needs and the needs of your practice.
  • XRT will train relevant staff at your health practice to use and customise the technology.
  • The XRT team offers lifelong repair and maintenance to clients.

FAQs

What is an Immersive Studio?

We used virtual reality technology to project lifelike digital scenes into our Immersive Studio. The space allows us to create virtual images of various scenes onto a curved white screen. This means the specific environment that the person finds challenging can be reproduced in a safe setting. People can navigate within and through the scenes for example, in a supermarket or classroom with a tablet, without the need for a headset or goggles.

What does the treatment involve?

Each person goes into the studio with a therapist. People navigate through a scene that is a recreation of a specific situation that makes them anxious. This starts with a low level of difficulty – for instance, for someone afraid of crowded buses, we start with them getting onto an empty bus. Over the course of the sessions more people would board the bus as the child or adult is able to meet the increased challenge. During the process the psychologist is there to help them practice anxiety management strategies they have learnt such as relaxation techniques and using coping self-statements.

How many treatment sessions are involved and how often?

Children and adults have two 20-30 minute sessions on one day, and then another two sessions a week or so later. The children are then followed up after the Immersive Studio sessions to check on their progress on managing the real life situation that made them anxious.

What anxiety/phobia/fear topics can be treated in the Immersive Studio?

We able to treat many different types of situation specific anxiety – for instance, anxieties around shopping, speaking in class, public transport, heights, being a passenger in a car, busy roads, insects, dogs and birds. All people treated have anxiety relating to a specific situation – rather than being generally anxious much or most of the time.

How effective is the treatment?

Our methodology has been proven to be very effective, research by our founders combined with the expertise and training of our therapists can lead to over half of individuals experiencing real life changes to their phobia – meaning people and their families could undertake some activities that were not possible beforehand.