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|Country of origin||Aotearoa New Zealand|
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|Cost||Free version (basic). NZ$46 per month (excludes headset) or NZ$322 annually (includes headset).|
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What does the app do?
The oVRcome app is most useful for people who have a phobia or fear and want to overcome it. Currently the app offers 7 programmes, these are targeted for fear of needles, flying, heights, public speaking, dogs, spiders and social anxiety.
The app consists of 6 modules:
- The first 4 modules are psychoeducation modules where users learn skills and techniques for managing anxiety, eg, diaphragmatic breathing and thought reframing.
- The 5th module is the virtual reality exposure therapy, this is where the user will build their exposure hierarchy from the extensive library of VR content, and experience gradual exposure. The app records a user's anxiety rating using a subjective units of distress scale (SUDS) rating which is entered using gaze control. The 5th module is where users spend the majority of their time in the app.
- Once the exposure hierarchy is completed, the 6th module is one that prepares the user for real-life exposure and also includes meditation material.
Free version (basic)
The free portion of the app allows the user to select virtual reality (VR) clips from different categories of phobias that they would like to work on in gaining confidence in managing their phobia. The selection of VR clips is limited in number and restricted to “low and medium” anxiety ones. The videos can be viewed on a handheld mobile phone, or using a VR headset (e.g. Google cardboard) for an immersive experience.
In the premium subscription, users will be mailed a VR headset, gain access to a 2.5 hour psychoeducation program split into 6 modules and a VR library with graded exposure of the anxiety-provoking stimulus.
For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), Google Play(external link), App Store(external link) or, for a more detailed review, see Reviews.
✔ The psychoeducation programme is split into 6 modules.
✘ Higher resolution videos can take a long time to download and infrequently crash the device.
Date of review: November 2021 (reviewed the needle phobia programme)
Platform reviewed: Apple iOS
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