However, the possible impact of VR on psychotherapy could be even higher than the one offered by the new communication technologies. In fact, VR is at the same time a technology, a communication interface, and a compelling experience. Because VR could be part of the future of clinical psychology, it is critical to all psychotherapists that it should be defined broadly.
How is it possible to change a patient? Even if this question has many possible answers according to the specific psychotherapeutic approach, in general change comes through an intense focus on a particular instance or experience by exploring it as much as possible, the patient can relive all of the significant elements associated with it (i.e., conceptual, emotional, motivational, and behavioral) and make them available for a reorganization of his or her perspective.
Within this general model, we have the insight based approach of psychoanalysis, the schema reorganization goals of cognitive therapy, the functional analysis of behavioral activation, the interpersonal relationship focus of interpersonal therapy, or the enhancement of experience awareness in experiential therapies.