AVATAR therapy for auditory verbal hallucinations in people with psychosis…

AVATAR therapy represents a new approach in which people who hear voices have a dialogue with a digital representation of their presumed persecutor, voiced by the therapist. The avatar responds by becoming less hostile and concedes power over the course of therapy making individuals with psychotic conditions and experiencing persistent auditory verbal hallucinations better able to deal with their hallucinations.

The research trail has found participants who received this novel form of therapy showed a remarkable level of improvement – becoming less distressed and hearing voices less compared to those who only received counselling.

Link to research: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(17)30427-3/fulltext?elsca1=tlpr

 

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