Exposure Therapy

We have developed state of the art virtual reality exposure therapy applications. 3-dimensional computer simulation in combination with biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat phobias, anxiety (including pre-surgical anxiety), stress and chronic pain.

Case Studies

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation, also known as insufficient sleep or sleeplessness, is the condition of not having enough sleep. It can be either chronic or acute and may vary widely in severity.

A chronic sleep-restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness and increased appetite leading to weight gain. It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function.

We utilize a technique called hypnosis which has been used traditionally as well. However through incorporation of technology we have been able to improve the efficiency greatly and reduced the work required by the therapist.


The under water VR world is designed to provide pain distraction for people coping with chronic pain, yet it can easily be adapted for other pain distraction applications as well. The setting of this virtual environment is created to elicit relaxation and enjoyment. Novel stimuli are presented to facilitate pain distraction. The scope and complexity of this VR world is suitable for VR sessions of long duration.

This colorful fantasy world consists of an under the sea world with different types of fish and tropical fauna. Ambient music mimicking sounds of nature serves as an auditory backdrop for exploration.


Acrophobia, or the fear of heights, is characterized by an irrational fear of height situations resulting in the avoidance of such situations or the confrontation of such situations with marked distress. This fear for some is endured with distress, whereas for others the fear is so intense that height situations must be avoided altogether.

Those who have a fear of heights may experience nausea, dizziness, vertigo (a spinning or moving sensation), rapid heartbeat, sweating, shortness of breath, and extreme fear when faced with situations involving heights.

You may go to extreme lengths to avoid heights and this is sometimes not feasible. For example, what if your work is on the 25th floor and has huge floor-length windows? Does that mean you cannot work there?

Fear of flight

Surveys estimate that fear of flying exists in 10-20% of the population. Some persons have a fear of crashing, while others have a fear of being in an enclosed place with no means of escape. They may fear they will lose control or suffer a panic attack while on the plane.

Virtual reality exposure therapy places the client in a computer generated airplane where they “experience” the various aspects of flying. The client wears a head-mounted display with small TV monitors and stereo earphones to receive both visual and auditory cues.

We have developed high quality VR simulation of Emirates business class seats to experience the flight.