A behavioral health specialist aims his weapon during a demonstration provided by Maj. (Dr.) Michael Valdovinos to show how Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy can be be used to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by recreating the look, sounds and smells of a deployed environment.

Resolving PTSD With Virtual Reality Exposure


A new form of help for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is available at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) according to

The Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, or VRET, program recreates the look, sounds and smell of a deployed environment to help revisit and cope with events having a profound affect on individuals.

So far about 30 individuals have been treated through the program that was donated to LRMC in October by the Wounded Warrior Project and according to Maj. (Dr.) Michael Valdovinos, chief of outpatient behavioral health there, results have been good.

“It’s an extremely effective treatment because it is a patient’s personalized reality that they learn to process, control and regulate,” Valdovinos said via “Visual memory is powerful, and if I can use that to help patients create their own movie scene, then they can move into it to rewrite their own script.”

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There’s an online confidential user-friendly computer program at that reduces anxiety, stress and other symptoms of PTSD. Users are less anxious, calmer, more relaxed. Relief lasts. There's no registration. No personal information of any kind is required to use the program. Research on combat veterans at the University of Cincinnati showed stress reduction of 61% after program use.