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Cybertherapy

Cybertherapy may become a new tool in your therapy toolkit.  While cybertherapy has been used for decades, new advances in artificial intelligence and computer modeling have made the virtual experience more and more real.  Therapists are using virtual situations, like an airplane cabin for a patient with fear of flying, to allow the patient to confront his or her fears in a supportive environment with the therapist there to help.  Some critics see the limitations but as described in this New York Times article is has been proven to be helpful to many patients.  Research has shown that patients' experience in virtual worlds carries over into real life.

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