16 Feb Telepsychology consultations on the rise during the third wave of the pandemic
Psious launches its new virtual reality-based teletherapy solution
Depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety and phobias represent 70-80% of the pathologies that come to consultation, according to a survey by Psious..
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 96% of psychological assistance has been online, according to the American Psychological Association (APA) ..¹
Economic instability and the social obligation to adapt to a lifestyle with many restrictions and few social contacts has diminished resilience, that capacity that people have to overcome traumatic circumstances; and consequently the probabilities of suffering from anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses have increased.
According to a survey carried out by Psious, a SaaS that developed a Virtual Reality platform for mental health and that has more than 2000 clients distributed in 60 countries, depression ranks first among the most frequent pathologies in consultation (82%), followed for generalized anxiety (76%), social anxiety (70%), phobias (70%) and post-traumatic stress disorder (41%).
Telepsychology and Virtual Reality in times of pandemic
Social connection is essential for the human being, and that is why isolation can be so harmful; increasing loneliness, depression, and anxiety.
With the pandemic, technology began to play an important role in responding to challenges and needs in the field of health.
Although the implementation of telepsychology is more than 20 years old, the unprecedented situation that we now face, forced its definitive integration in the way of doing therapy.
Psious, which last November won the ‘Startup’ of the year award from ESADE, launched a solution that provides the possibility of using Virtual Reality in distance therapy.
‘Psious for smartphones’ allows the effectiveness and efficiency of Virtual Reality and, at the same time, the flexibility of telepsychology. Only by using the smartphone, the patient can have access to the virtual environments, maintaining constant contact with their specialist who will be the one who develops the therapeutic process and controls the virtual scenes.
Psious provides specific training on virtual reality in mental health, more than 70 virtual environments developed for intervention in specific conditions and the application of different techniques such as cognitive restructuring, exposure, muscle relaxation and breathing.
Virtual Reality, which is backed by more than 25 years of scientific research, brings numerous benefits to mental health, having the possibility of doing telepsychology through ‘Psious for smartphones’ provides all these benefits without displacement, from anywhere in the world and in times of confinement.
Now more than ever, solutions are needed to help us overcome the challenges we face. Our resilience has lowered and telepsychology is the solution to continue taking care of our mental well-being.
Psious is the first virtual reality platform specialized in the treatment of mental health disorders. Founded in 2014 in Barcelona, Psious helps psychologists and mental health professionals around the world to obtain better results in less time by applying Virtual Reality Therapies in their clinical practice. In its scientific work, Psious collaborates with prestigious international institutions in the investigation of the efficacy of virtual reality protocols applied to the improvement of mental health.