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Virtual Reality (VR) for Anxiety and Phobia Treatment: A How To Guide to Using VR for More Practical, Rapid and Effective Exposure Therapy

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD
6 Hours 23 Minutes
May 14, 2021
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Exposure is a vital component of treating anxiety and phobias so clients can face their fears and take control of their lives.

But no matter how much you try to prepare them, many clients are too frightened to face specific anxiety and panic inducing situations and scenarios on their own. And accompanying them is expensive, time-consuming, creates confidentiality risks, and is often impractical.

Virtual Reality (VR) is a major advance in anxiety treatment that lets your clients face their fears and anxieties head-on in a safe, practical way that leads to faster results and gives clients and clinicians the ability to control, gradually increase the intensity, and repeat exposures in ways that are impossible in real life.

Now you can have clients fly in virtual planes, drive virtual cars, stand at virtual heights, or speak to virtual audiences while you monitor and coach them at each step!

Watch licensed psychologist and Virtual Reality Treatment pioneer Elizabeth McMahon, PhD for this one-day training as she makes VR completely accessible, understandable and useable for all clinicians regardless of their skill with a computer! From the technical to the clinical, Dr. McMahon will put it all within your grasp so you can use VR in your own practice working with anxious clients in-person or via telehealth!

Watch and discover:

  • How to use VR in the treatment of specific anxiety and panic disorders
  • How VR works in conjunction with the therapeutic approaches you already use
  • How VR can be tailored to fit the needs of individual clients
  • A hardware, app and VR system guide
  • Answers to your biggest questions about costs, technology and practical issues

Add a new dimension to your practice and enhance your treatment of anxiety with Virtual Reality!

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Elizabeth McMahon, PhD, is an expert on Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) for anxiety and an engaging and sought-after teacher known for her ability to translate research into practical skills for clinicians. She has been using VR in therapy and training other therapists in this technology since 2010.

Dr. McMahon has presented at VR and healthcare conferences, at the Technology Mind & Society conference, and has taught accredited CE workshops for PESI, APA, California Psychological Association, regional psychological associations, and other organizations. Her 10-week webinar on VRT was attended by therapists around the world and her talks receive ratings.

Her workbook, Overcoming Anxiety and Panic Interactive Guide helps clients prepare for treatment. Her therapist workbook, Virtual Reality Therapy for Anxiety: A Guide for Therapists, will be published in 2021 in Routledge.

Dr. McMahon earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University, completed a post-doctoral residency at Sheppard-Pratt Psychiatric Hospital, and worked for Kaiser Psychiatry Department in Fremont before entering private practice. While at Kaiser, she helped create regional best practices for anxiety disorders, wrote the first health education class on anxiety, supervised post-doctoral psychology residents, and gave numerous presentations on anxiety and using VR to professional and lay audiences.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Elizabeth McMahon maintains a private practice and receives compensation as a consultant. She is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. McMahon receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Elizabeth McMahon is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She is a blogger for Dr. McMahon serves on the advisory board for MindCo Health and Limbix.


  1. Utilize immersive therapeutic virtual experiences with clients in office or teletherapy sessions.
  2. Plan individualized, controlled VR exposure (VRE) with anxious clients.
  3. Apply a comprehensive model of anxiety to guide incorporation of VR treatment.
  4. Use VR to uncover fears, provide reinforcement, prevent relapse, and facilitate relaxation and mindfulness skills.
  5. Investigate common problems and solutions in the utilization of VR in clinical practice.
  6. Evaluate VR systems, hardware and applications that best meet the needs of an individual’s practice.


A Clinicians Guide to Virtual Reality (VR):
Your Biggest Questions Answered
  • What is VR and How is it Created
  • What Client and Therapist Equipment Is Needed
  • Six Common Therapist Concerns and FAQs
  • Clinical Experience and Case Studies
Benefits, Risks, and Research Findings
  • VR Exposure vs Imaginal or In Vivo Exposure
  • Risks and Contraindications
  • Key Research Findings and Limitations of Research
VR in Exposure Therapy for Anxiety
  • Breaking the Anxiety Cycle: How VR Can Help
  • Preparing for Successful VR Exposure
  • In-Office and Teletherapy VR Strategies
  • How Not to Do VR Exposure
  • Trouble-Shooting Common Problems
How to Apply VR in the Treatment of Specific Disorders
  • Specific Phobias
  • Social Anxiety and Performance Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • PTSD
  • OCD, GAD, and Health Anxiety
Choosing a VR System
  • Clinical Issues
  • Technical Issues
  • Practical Issues
  • VR Apps
Emerging Uses of VR
  • Body Image and Eating Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Refusal Skills
  • Pain, Positive Mood States, Quality of Life, EMDR

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • School Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurses

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