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[Abstract] Examining the potential of virtual reality to deliver remote rehabilitation


Remote workers are particularly prone to mental health problems (Bowers et al., 2018). Unfortunately, it is often difficult for them to access the quality psychological help that they need. As a result, psychological treatment is increasingly being delivered to remote workers via telehealth (videoconferencing and telephone calls). However, the perceived remoteness of the therapist during such treatments can greatly hinder progress. This project examined the potential of virtual reality (VR) to deliver psychotherapy to workers located in remote locations (since it can make people separated by great distances feel that they are “present” in the same virtual space). The study compared the experiences of 30 ‘clients’ who participated in both VR and Skype-based mock counselling sessions (delivered by trained psychotherapists). Overall, VR was found to outperform Skype:

1) as a therapeutic tool,

2) in terms of the perceived realism of the session; and

3), in terms of the degree of presence it generated in the clients and the therapists.

Clients did not report feeling sick or stressed when using VR and found it as easy to use as Skype. These study findings (based on formal questionnaire data) were also confirmed by interviews with both the therapists and clients.


  • This project examined the potential of virtual reality to deliver psychotherapy to workers located in remote locations.
  • The study compares the experiences of 30 ‘clients’ who participated in both VR and Skype-based mock counselling.
  • VR was found to outperform Skype: as a therapeutic tool, perceived realism of the session; and the degree of presence.
  • Clients did not report feeling sick or stressed when using VR and found it as easy to use as Skype.

via Examining the potential of virtual reality to deliver remote rehabilitation – ScienceDirect

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[BLOG POST] New service: online Li CBT one-to-one Skype sessions available.

iCBT – purchase online sessions

Maybe you’d like to work with me remotely from wherever you are through online training exchanges – while using this self help blog resource?

We can do that through SkypeFaceTime  and / or telephone, and / or email discussions.

Click on this PayPal image, or scroll to the end of this page for booking links and options.

Resources: I am a corporate trainer by background – which is a great fit for the psycho-educational model of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have written detailed but accessible articles that explain the basic theory of CBT, and I have created and included downloadable handouts and worksheets – these will give us a great foundation for practical and directed email work together, that you can do at your own pace.

How: Simple – you email or Skype or telephone me, presenting yourself and your issues – I explain CBT and how I believe it can help you with your specific situation, and I direct you to relevant posts and downloads via links. You then study and do the homework in your own (free) time – and we then have another online session where we discuss and explore your thoughts and experience and decide on the next step… and progress in the same way at each exchange – you will learn by discovery through guided self help. Engaged clients will effectively learn skills to become their own therapist.

All work is based on best practice and concentrates on the core theory and application of the new science of how we think and feel and behave. It will be organic – you do not have to commit to a set number of sessions, we just let it happen over time, and if it proves of value to you and benefits you in positive changes in how you think and feel and behave, ideally with you being happier and cooler and calmer, then you continue the work (either with me, or through the free blog, and my recommended reading list).

Terms and conditions before booking:

Disclaimer: The client is aware that the CBT & Feeling Good personal development workshops and sessions are not ‘psychological counselling’ or deep one to one psychotherapy. This introduction to the core theory and self help components of CBT does not treat illness or pathology. The client agrees that he/she is entering into a ‘personal development training’ session, whereby the client is responsible for their own decisions and results. The client also agrees to hold the trainer free from all liability for any actions or results for adverse situations created as a direct or indirect result of a referral or other advice given by the trainer.

Booking a session means you accept the following :

  • You are over 18.
  • You do not have suicidal thoughts or an extreme emotional health disorder.
  • You (and in turn, I) understand and accept that technology can fail, broadband can fall, skype can stutter, and so on – CBT and Feeling Good will not be responsible for delays or failure in performance resulting from acts beyond our control.
  • I use and host my own website and email, so offer confidentiality – and given that this is not deep traditional psychotherapy, I do not keep extensive notes, and am happy to double delete correspondence when our client relationship (care plan) comes to an end if you wish.
  • CBT and Feeling Good retain proprietary rights and copyright on all materials used in the online training/therapy. It is not to be resold/distributed.
  • Payment is through Paypal.
  • 24 hours notice of cancellation is required for telephone or video conference cancellations.
  • Email exchanges are very flexible – I guarantee a speedy reply (within two days of receipt of the email, but with the aim for a same day reply if received before 3pm.)
Contact Veronica Walsh at or at 353 86 8113031 if you require more information.
Okay – to organise a session – use the Paypal links below to purchase an item, choosing the format of the session you prefer, then email me with the paypal receipt and a few choices of the days and times that suit you for the session (if Skype) – or if you choose the email exchange option, simply email your introduction and issues, and I will reply and we’ll get going – easy, organic, each exchange will be exactly for you… we’ll work it out…
Pricing and links for an e-session purchase:
One email exchange (you send one, I reply) – €30 –
Skype session – 30 minutes – €40 –
Skype session – one hour – €60 –
[You have the option to talk through skype or facetime without video if you prefer]
Purchase: CONTACT –

Veronica Walsh

CBT and Feeling Good Training

Camden House, 7 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Telephone: 353 86 8113031




Okay? Maybe talk soon…

via New service: online Li CBT one-to-one Skype sessions available | Veronica Walsh’s CBT Blog Dublin, Ireland

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[WEB SITE] 5 Top Apps For People With Limited Mobility – Assistive Technology Blog


This post was written by Andrew Atkinson from

Using a wheelchair or mobility scooter can mean that certain places and activities are off-limits.

The world is not designed for people on wheels. Many with disabilities, including the elderly, find themselves restricted in their day-to-day lives.

Technology can help. As well as specific gadgets and devices, users of wheelchairs and scooters can get a lot from iPads and Android tablets.

Here are five of the best apps for people with limited mobility. Why not add an iPad holder to your electric or manual wheelchair, then check out these five applications to add to your device?


Perhaps the most useful app that you can add to your device.

Wheelmap categorises buildings and public spaces as fully accessible, partially accessible or not accessible, so that you can see where your wheelchair will fit.

This is an app for everyone to get involved with. Many places are still categorised as unknown, so any user can contribute for the benefit of others.

In some towns and cities, Wheelmap is an extremely valuable and detailed resource. In others, it has the potential to be a wheelchair-user’s best digital friend.


Whilst Wheelmap covers buildings, venues and public spaces, Wheelmate focuses specifically on life’s little practicalities – wheelchair accessible toilets and parking spaces.

The premise is much the same, though the aim is different. Wheelmate also includes mention of which car parks are free, and which you’ll need to pay for.


Navigating the world often requires two hands.

Install Skype to your device, clip it to your wheelchair or mobility scooter and talk to friends and family on the go.

Skype’s video call functionality makes it incredibly easy to have phonecalls whilst  in your local supermarket. Which flavour pasta sauce did your husband ask for, again?


For long-distance travel, Uber is a valuable app.

Uber taxis come in all shapes and sizes. You can book one at the touch of a button.

What’s more, you can specifically look for wheelchair accessible vehicles!

You don’t even need cash when you book your taxi. The service offers cashless payment, which is ideal if you’re stuck and need a little help getting home.

Tecla Access

The Tecla Access product is designed to make your smartphone or tablet completely hands-free. It’s ideal if you need to be occupied controlling your wheels, rather than controlling your phone.

Tecla is designed for mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs, and it does require the purchase of additional equipment. But, once it’s set up, you can use motions like blinking and blowing, and can also use the controls on your wheelchair or scooter, to access every feature on your usually-handheld device.

With the right app combination, you can use Tecla Access to control every aspect of your home as well. This means that it’s easy to develop a smart home that is more accessible than ever before.

Source: 5 Top Apps For People With Limited Mobility – Assistive Technology Blog

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[WEB SITE] Emerging Tool in Rehab – Brainworks

Advances in internet technology, creative interfaces and evidence-based therapies are combining to propel healthcare to levels only dreamed of. “The motive behind the use of this technology is to maintain the essential qualities of the health-care interaction, while improving access by overcoming barriers such as economics, culture, climate, and geography,” (Rees, 2004). The dominant theme of therapy is so often to examine and collaboratively develop solutions rather than allowing any one barrier to prohibit progress.

“The landscape of mental health is shifting dramatically; online therapy is becoming mainstream.”

On September 23, 2011 The New York Times featured an article entitled, ‘When Your Therapist is Only a Click Away’.  Based on the buzz this article caused, it was placed on the homepage of the New York Times website, on September 25, 2011.   The piece beautifully illustrates how online therapy is used by real people in the real world. The landscape of mental health is shifting dramatically. Online therapy is becoming mainstream and the evidence-base for such therapy services is growing in Canada and around the globe. Technology is exciting and it allows us to provide services to people that would not otherwise get help.

Many vocational rehab professionals use their cell phone to talk to or text their clients.  Some professionals use regular Skype sessions to communicate with clients, employers or other professionals.  But it’s not just as simple as jumping online with a client. Professionals must be aware of and heed their legal and ethical obligations before practicing online.

Telehealth has been touted as the most significant contribution to health-care delivery systems of the future (Bashshur, 1997). eRehabilitation, a component of telehealth, is a cutting-edge and flourishing means of delivering rehabilitation services. At Brainworks, we have further developed and defined eRehabilitation as a comprehensive treatment platform that uses interactive audio, video, or data communications to provide rehabilitation services at a distance.

eRehabilitation embraces both mainstream and emergent technologies to deliver evidenced-based therapies.  Some examples of how eRehabilitation can be used include:

  • rehabilitation counseling via a secure web interface
  • videos demonstrating job skills available on demand
  • executive skills coaching (planning, scheduling, prioritizing, troubleshooting) assisted by video conferencing & the use of apps
  • email and text messaging  to  access job support
  • interactive web based learning modules for skill development

There are several advantages to providing therapy services online. By taking advantage of the power of the internet, services can be provided in context, with no commute for client or therapist, resulting in an overall cost savings.  Moreover, shorter, more frequent sessions make good sense from a learning theory perspective, but until now have not been practical.  Therapists can now provide more frequent mini sessions to spread out their involvement and contain costs while boosting efficacy.  Clinical experience, confirmed by the literature, indicates that e-based sessions result in fewer cancellations.

more –> Brainworks Client-Centred Rehabilitation – Emerging Tool in Rehab.

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