Virtual Reality Needle Phobia Treatment

Did you know that up to 10 per cent of people in the UK have a needle phobia?

A new Virtual Reality needle phobia treatment to help patients manage needle fears in readiness for a COVID vaccination is available to residents of Basildon and Brentwood from 1 March 2021.

The service is offered by the Vital Health Group which is commissioned to provide VitaMinds, the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service for Basildon and Brentwood. 

Woman sat at a desk wearing virtual reality headset for needle phobia treatment

It’s the jab, not the Covid vaccine that you fear.

  • Do you live in Basildon and Brentwood?

  • Do you have a needle phobia?

  • Are you wanting the COVID vaccine, but fear the jab?


Free NHS service

In the last few years, Virtual Reality (VR) has have shown great clinical efficiency in the treatment of specific phobias. VR provides the ideal context to play the situations feared, in a controlled safe way. In the case needle phobia, for instance, these technologies allow for an injection to be carried out using virtual reality to allow the patient to work through their fear in a controlled and safe environment with their therapist. With Every Adult in the UK being offered the Covid vaccine, we understand there is a need, now more than ever for people with needle phobia to have the support to get the vaccine.

  1. Initial assessment will be offered to discuss your needle phobia and treatment options.

  2. Following assessment 3 x 90 minute sessions will be offered at home.

  3. Booster session can be arranged prior to vaccine date.

During your initial session information about needle phobia is provided and an assessment of the origin, maintenance and anxiety response is  explored. Treatment techniques will be discussed and agreed with you, this may be using virtual reality and or applied tension techniques.

VR goggles will be sent to you and your sessions will be delivered remotely so you can attend from the comfort of your own home.

Get in touch

If you feel you would benefit you can self-refer by calling VitaMinds on 01268 977171


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