VR Therapy and Counseling Center

Don't let anxiety, trauma, or fear keep you from living the life you want to live.

We provide therapy and counseling services for adults, children, couples and families in Grand Rapids, MI, and all of Kent County in West Michigan. Our TF-CBT certified therapist helps children work through trauma and anxiety, while our adult therapists utilize the only system of its kind for treating anxiety, trauma, depression, and phobias. Our multi-sensory virtual reality (VR) system is used to create environments and social interactions that help people work through their challenges in a safe environment,  with the guidance of a licensed therapist.

VR Research - Reading List

Anderson, P. L., Price, M., Edwards, S. M., Obasaju, M. A., Schmertz, S. K., Zimand, E., & Calamaras, M. R. (2013). Virtual reality exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(5), 75

Baños, R. M., Guillen, V., Quero, S., García-Palacios, A., Alcaniz, M., & Botella, C. (2011). A virtual reality system for the treatment of stress-related disorders: A preliminary analysis of efficacy compared to a standard cognitive behavioral program. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 69(9), 602-613.

Beck, J. G., Palyo, S. A., Winer, E. H., Schwagler, B. E., & Ang, E. J. (2007). Virtual reality exposure therapy for PTSD symptoms after a road accident: An uncontrolled case series. Behavior Therapy, 38(1), 39-48.

Botella, C., García-Palacios, A., Guillen, V., Baños, R. M., Quero, S., & Alcaniz, M. (2010). An adaptive display for the treatment of diverse trauma PTSD victims. CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 13(1), 67-71.

Brakoulias, V. (2013). Virtual reality can help to develop a new reality. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47(2), 186-187.

Cárdenas, G., & De La Rosa, A. (2012). Using virtual reality for PTSD treatment in criminal violence victims. Journal of CyberTherapy and Rehabilitation, 5(1), 65-67. 

Cesa, G. L., Manzoni, G. M., Bacchetta, M., Castelnuovo, G., Conti, S., Gaggioli, A., . . . Riva, G. (2013). Virtual reality for enhancing the cognitive behavioral treatment of obesity with binge eating disorder: Randomized controlled study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(6), e113.

Difede, J., Cukor, J., Jayasinghe, N., Patt, I., Jedel, S., Spielman, L., . . . Hoffman, H. G. (2007). Virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder following september 11, 2001. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68(11), 1639-1647.

Ferrer-García, M., & Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J. (2012; 2011). The use of virtual reality in the study, assessment, and treatment of body image in eating disorders and nonclinical samples: A review of the literature. Body Image, 9(1), 1.

Ferrer-Garcia, M., Gutiérrez-Maldonado, J., & Riva, G. (2013). Virtual reality based treatments in eating disorders and obesity: A review. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 43(4), 207-221.

Gerardi, M., Cukor, J., Difede, J., Rizzo, A., & Rothbaum, B. (2010). Virtual reality exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports, 12(4), 298-305.

Gerardi, M., Rothbaum, B. O., Ressler, K., Heekin, M., & Rizzo, A. (2008). Virtual reality exposure therapy using a virtual iraq: Case report. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21(2), 209-213.

Gonçalves, R., Pedrozo, A. L., Freire Coutinho, E. S., Figueira, I., & Ventura, P. (2012). Efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy in the treatment of PTSD: A systematic review. Plos One, 7(12), 1-7. 

Hartanto, D., Kampmann, I. L., Morina, N., Emmelkamp, P. G. M., Neerincx, M. A., & Brinkman, W. (2014). Controlling social stress in virtual reality environments. PloS One, 9(3), e92804.

McLay, R. N., Graap, K., Spira, J., Perlman, K., Johnston, S., Rothbaum, B. O., . . . Rizzo, A. (2012). Development and testing of virtual reality exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in active duty service members who served in iraq and afghanistan. Military Medicine, 177(6), 635-642.

McLay, R. N., McBrien, C., Wiederhold, M. D., & Wiederhold, B. K. (2010). Exposure therapy with and without virtual reality to treat PTSD while in the combat theater: A parallel case series. CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 13(1), 37-42.

McLay, R. N., Wood, D. P., Webb-Murphy, J. A., Spira, J. L., Wiederhold, M. D., Pyne, J. M., & Wiederhold, B. K. (2011). A randomized, controlled trial of virtual reality-graded exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder in active duty service members with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 14(4), 223-229.

Parsons, T. D., & Rizzo, A. A. (2008). Affective outcomes of virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety and specific phobias: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 39(3), 250-261.

Perpiñá, C., Roncero, M., Fernández-Aranda, F., Jiménez-Murcia, S., Forcano, L., & Sánchez, I. (2013). Clinical validation of a virtual environment for normalizing eating patterns in eating disorders. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 54(6), 680.

Powers, M. B., & Emmelkamp, P. M. G. (2008). Virtual reality exposure therapy for anxiety disorders: A meta-analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(3), 561-569.

Ready, D. J., Gerardi, R. J., Backscheider, A. G., Mascaro, N., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2010). Comparing virtual reality exposure therapy to present-centered therapy with 11 U.S. vietnam veterans with PTSD. CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 13(1), 49-54.

Reger, G. M., & Gahm, G. A. (2008). Virtual reality exposure therapy for active duty soldiers. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64(8), 940-946.

Reger, G. M., Holloway, K. M., Candy, C., Rothbaum, B. O., Difede, J., Rizzo, A. A., & Gahm, G. A. (2011). Effectiveness of virtual reality exposure therapy for active duty soldiers in a military mental health clinic. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24(1), 93-96.

Rizzo, A. ?., Difede, J., Rothbaum, B. O., Reger, G., Spitalnick, J., Cukor, J., & Mclay, R. (2010). Development and early evaluation of the virtual Iraq/Afghanistan exposure therapy system for combat-related PTSD. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208(1), 114-125.

Rizzo, A., Hartholt, A., Grimani, M., Leeds, A., & Liewer, M. (2014). Virtual reality exposure therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Computer, 47(7), 31-37.

Rothbaum, B. O., Rizzo, A. ?., & Difede, J. (2010). Virtual reality exposure therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208(1), 126-132.

Roy, M. J., Francis, J., Friedlander, J., Banks-Williams, L., Lande, R. G., Taylor, P., . . . Rothbaum, B. (2010). Improvement in cerebral function with treatment of posttraumatic stress disordera. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1208(1), 142-149.

Safir, M. P., Wallach, H. S., & Bar-Zvi, M. (2012). Virtual reality cognitive-behavior therapy for public speaking anxiety: One-year follow-up. Behavior Modification, 36(2), 235-246.

Walshe, D., & Walshe, D. R. (2011). Virtual homework for posttraumatic stress disorder with driving phobia--a novel approach to virtual reality therapy. Journal of CyberTherapy and Rehabilitation, 4, 196+.

Wood, Dennis Patrick,MSC USN (Ret, Webb-Murphy, J., Center, K., McLay, R., Koffman, R., Johnston, S., . . . Wiederhold, Brenda K,PhD, MBA. (2009). Combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder: A case report using virtual reality graded exposure therapy with physiological monitoring with a female seabee. Military Medicine, 174(11), 1215-22.