Fear of Driving
The Virtual Reality Medical Center offers a new treatment for those with a fear of driving and for those needing to relearn driving skills after a motor vehicle accident.
Virtual reality graded exposure therapy is conducted in the safety of the office and allows the client to slowly build their skills and confidence without exposing themselves or others to unnecessary dangers. As with other phobias, the client is exposed to experiences that elicit higher levels of anxiety in careful, controlled stages. Each stage can be repeated until the client is comfortable with the experience and satisfied with their response.
The client is taught relaxation and diaphragmatic breathing skills, and physiology is monitored during all phases of therapy to insure that the client is not becoming too anxious. Therapy can then progress at the client’s own pace as anxiety lessens.
Clients can practice driving on small or large streets, in varying degrees of traffic and different weather conditions. All of these variables can be altered as the therapist and client agree upon.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (858) 642-0267 (answering service).