According to Boston University, technologies that allow users to control simulated imagery - instead of imagery created by their minds - could have therapeutic effects.

 

In some cases, symptoms like fear and anxiety, often immediately treated with medication, could be responsive to VR therapy sessions.

 

This could be the reason why VR therapy company Thera has garnered such interest from investors, therapists, and users seeking to alleviate the suffering of over-medicated young people. 

 

As Thera Founder Erin Bogdanski stated during a recent interview with Thrive Global, addressing the deep problems of the health care and mental wellness industry is one of the primary reasons she started Thera.

Nationwide Expansion of Virtual Reality Therapy

Therapists are eager to explore new and emerging technologies like VR to treat patients. Since the field of VR therapy is still so new, some companies provide therapists with a virtual reality kit, which allows them to set up an online profile, and integrate VR into their practice. 

 

In fact, Thera is accepting applications from qualified therapists who would like to explore how VR therapy might benefit their patients. They’re focused on building a network of therapists in the Northeast in New York and New Jersey, having already gotten many therapists on the West Coast to begin using the product.

In line with these recent goals, Thera has been accepted into the 2020 cohort of - an agency and tech accelerator that helps to expand the awareness and adoption of innovative technologies.

 

 

Virtual Reality Therapy for Veterans

Many clinics are developing virtual reality products to help treat PTSD in post-combat veterans. One Orlando-based clinic was awarded a $13 million grant to pursue the development of such a product.

 

Therapists making use of Thera have also found benefits in using VR therapy to treat veterans. While many VR products focus purely on exposure therapy through VR, using it as a tool to simulate trauma-triggering events, Thera is exploring different approaches as well. 

 

Through Thera, therapists can provide hands-on guidance and communication to veterans in order to help them to process past traumatic events. While doing so, the veteran can choose from a variety of different VR environments. That patient can find an environment that helps him or her to open up about past trauma. This combination of simulated environments with real-time communication by a certified therapist has shown very promising results when treating patients suffering from PTSD.

VR therapy for introverts

Virtual Reality Therapy for Introverts

Many introverts struggle with in-person communication, particularly in a therapy setting. Some patients have even suffered from past trauma that can be brought back up by a therapist’s physical appearance. 

How VR Therapy Expands Access to Affordable Mental Health Counseling

Many people throughout the country can simply not afford mental health counseling. Others might not have a therapist or psychologist local to them which is a good suite for their particular needs.

 

Bogdanski aims to use VR, and other innovative technologies, to solve some of these pressing problems in our health care model. While many patients without access to a local therapist would immediately resort to medication, VR therapy can offer them a lower-cost alternative to in-person sessions.

 

With more people having access to mental health counseling, Bogdanksi hopes to curb an over-reliance on pharmaceuticals to improve mental health. She perceives the overprescription of these powerful drugs, particularly to children, as a real problem that must be addressed.

The Future of Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

It’s difficult to predict the future of any industry. But, as a new and emerging technology, VR is poised to disrupt many different sectors, and make us reconsider many assumptions that were taken for granted.

THERA INC. 

Virtual Reality Therapy of the Future

Writing & Research by Hannah Lopez

THERA INC

Virtual Reality Therapy of the Future

Writing & Research: Hannah Lopez 

An innovative solution that offers virtual reality therapy for children and adults alike, VR company Thera is providing a software application in which patients can feel comfortable opening up in VR to certified therapists.  

 

Tech-savvy youngsters that have trouble opening up to a therapist in person have already benefited from Thera’s virtual environments in therapy. Thera allows them to share their deepest feelings in a VR environment that they feel comfortable in, and even allows the therapist to take the form of a customizable VR avatar.

 

Virtual reality therapy means that children don’t feel triggered by the environment or person they’re talking to, and also removes some of the stigmas of therapy by making it an interesting, engaging, tech-forward process.

 

Patients can get help when they need it, choosing from a selection of online therapists. Likewise, therapists can expand their practice by treating patients remotely. In this way, virtual reality therapy is offering a new and innovative approach for the modern, hectic lifestyles of patients and therapists alike.

 

Founder of Thera Erin Bogdanski, herself a therapist with an extensive background treating children and post-combat veterans, saw VR therapy as an ideal approach for specific groups of underserved patients. 

 

It’s no surprise, as VR therapy for veterans has already when treating disorders like PTSD.

 

Bogdanski’s experienced network of therapists including Valerie Beltran, Edina Adler, Nathan Villarante, and several others have already seen the benefits of VR therapy and integrated the product into their practice as needed.

 

It’s no surprise, as VR therapy for veterans has already shown positive results when treating disorders like PTSD.

Bogdanski’s experienced network of therapists including Valerie Beltran, Edina Adler, Nathan Villarante, and several others have already seen the benefits of VR therapy and integrated the product into their practice as needed.

Virtual Reality Therapy for Children and Recurring Nightmares

 

Another interesting use case of VR therapy is of treating children with recurring nightmares. Children suffering from night terrors, or a more generalized fear and anxiety that can often manifest in dreams could potentially derive great benefit through VR therapy.

 

"Therapists can provide hands-on guidance and communication to veterans in order to help them to process past traumatic events."

If you are a therapist interested in incorporating VR into your practice, or interested in receiving VR therapy, reach out to theravr.info@gmail.com​

An innovative solution that offers virtual reality therapy for children and adults alike, VR company Thera is providing a software application in which patients can feel comfortable opening up in VR to certified therapists.  

 

Tech-savvy youngsters that have trouble opening up to a therapist in person have already benefited from Thera’s virtual environments in therapy. Thera allows them to share their deepest feelings in a VR environment that they feel comfortable in, and even allows the therapist to take the form of a customizable VR avatar.

 

Virtual reality therapy means that children don’t feel triggered by the environment or person they’re talking to, and also removes some of the stigmas of therapy by making it an interesting, engaging, tech-forward process.

 

Patients can get help when they need it, choosing from a selection of online therapists. Likewise, therapists can expand their practice by treating patients remotely. In this way, virtual reality therapy is offering a new and innovative approach for the modern, hectic lifestyles of patients and therapists alike.

 

Founder of Thera Erin Bogdanski, herself a therapist with an extensive background treating children and post-combat veterans, saw VR therapy as an ideal approach for specific groups of underserved patients. 

 

It’s no surprise, as VR therapy for veterans has already shown positive results when treating disorders like PTSD.

The Effects of Virtual Reality Therapy on the Mind

Virtual reality therapy is one of the most promising new healing modalities. It has an array of different applications, VR products provide stimulating and perception-altering experiences to users every day. However, VR has many more benefits than just providing entertainment and education. Today, VR is being used by psychologists to treat nightmares, relieve pain, and help fight phobias through the growing field of virtual reality therapy.

Thera Inc: Virtual Reality Therapy of the Future

An innovative solution that offers virtual reality therapy for children and adults alike, VR company Thera is providing a software application in which patients can feel comfortable opening up in VR to certified therapists.



Tech-savvy youngsters that have trouble opening up to a therapist in person have already benefited from Thera’s virtual environments in therapy. Thera allows them to share their deepest feelings in a VR environment that they feel comfortable in, and even allows the therapist to take the form of a customizable VR avatar.

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Intergalactic exploration. Rocketship rides to Mars. Taking a giant leap on the moon. These are the daydreams of so many young, imaginative kids, yet only a miniscule number get to act on these ambitions. Elon Musk, however, has been working tirelessly to shift these odds with the founding of his startup,

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Throughout the last decade, cryptocurrency has found a place within the technological world. Bitcoin in particular became the most famous form of digital currency, where a record of transactions is maintained new units of currency are generated through the computational solution of mathematical algorithms, and thus operates independently of a central bank as a result.

The Battle For Internet TV

The whole atmosphere of buying $8 tickets, stopping before entering to see the big screen to get some fresh buttery popcorn with an extra large Coke, and finally choosing the seat with the best view and distance in time for the trailers to boom throughout has been diminished, if not basically erased from the list of choices for special occasions.

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For these types of patients, VR therapy presents a particular opportunity. By stepping into a virtual environment and being treated by therapists in the form of a customizable VR avatar of their choosing, patients can feel a greater sense of ease and comfort while speaking about their deepest feelings.​

It would come as no surprise that mental health is included in that. Just as virtual reality is already having the effect of drastically augmenting users’ perceptions and mental state, it will, no doubt, be used to address different mental health conditions. If this process happens under the careful guidance of mental health counselors, psychologists, and therapists, it will have a safer and more reliably positive effect.

Mental health problems have consequences and those suffering are bound to seek relief through new technologies. As VR becomes more ubiquitous, companies like Thera aim to make sure that VR is used as a productive, humanizing response to those conditions.​

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"Therapists can provide hands-on guidance and communication to veterans in order to help them to process past traumatic events.​"

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MOAD COMPUTER 

Artificial Intelligence -- Intelligently Designed

Widespread concern over our eventual AI overlords begs the question: what kinds of minds will engineer these complex, intelligent systems? The likes of Rahul Remanan seem up to the challenge. After graduating from India’s most prestigious medical University, receiving a Doctorate in Neurology from Cornell, founding Nanoveda, a company developing ground-breaking cancer therapies, and Ekaveda, a tech-based think tank, Remanan is turning his attention to AI. Founding Moad Computers, he builds the hardware that runs sophisticated neural nets for American enterprises.

 

We sat down to talk to Remanan about how his AI company is selling businesses what is perhaps the most valuable commodity: intelligence.