The VR Experience

This may be obvious, but since VR is a 3D experience it is challenging to describe it. Most basically, VR utilizes a headset (like oversized googles) that blocks out the participant’s world and replaces it with a visual, auditory, and even sensory (via handsets that buzz) experience. you feel like you are “in” the VR experience: when you move your hands (and move the hand controllers), “your” virtual hands move; when you push buttons on the hand controller, your virtual hand will grasp an object, point and other movements(this takes some practice); when you move your head to the left,

Virtual Reality and Therapy – Overview of VR and Headsets

MHConcierge has posted several articles in the last year about using virtual reality (VR) for therapy.  It is evident that VR is a “thing,” and therapists need to know enough about VR to make an informed decision about whether to incorporate it into their practice. This will be the first of several MHConcierge posts about VR.  We will start with a brief overview of VR and VR headsets.  Future posts will discuss more specific use of VR with certain disorders, mainly anxiety disorders including social anxiety, phobias, and PTSD, but also pain disorders.  And, it can be potentially helpful for

Clinical Care Demands and Sleep Quality

Clinical Care Demands and Sleep Quality

During this prolonged siege of COVID-19, every facet of our lifestyle and daily activity has been called into question or challenged in some way. Sleep has been a casualty of these extraordinary times. It is obvious that insufficient sleep, night after night, will cripple our daytime focus, energy levels and mental clarity.  We are all familiar with the feelings of surgency and buoyancy that derive from a solid night’s slumber. We are better prepared for the rigors of the day.  Our stress tolerance is greater, and we are less likely to be irked by trifling matters.  For those in practice,

Survey of MN MH Clinicians about fees, v 2, 2021

Survey of MN MH Clinicians about fees, v 2, 2021

MHConcierge requested community info – and got 373 responses! Copyright MHConcierge 2021 – you are welcome to share the link to this post but use for commercial purposes without permission is forbidden. BACKGROUND I did an initial survey about fees charged by Minnesota mental health clinicians in 2017. The idea for the survey came from an article in the APA journal Practice Innovations,  Koocher, & Soibatian,  (2017). “Understanding Fees in Mental Health Practice.” Practice Innovations, 2(3), 123-135.  The authors recommended “being aware of “the normative fees for mental health services in your geographic area” as one important factor for setting your

Some Thoughts on Napping, Brain Power and Sleep

Some Thoughts on Napping, Brain Power and Sleep

To sleep during the day, perchance to restore clarity of mind? This is a subject of ongoing scientific research.  Napping is viewed by many as a compensatory restorative process due to poor sleep the night before or for mitigating daytime somnolence.  Studies have demonstrated that partial acute or chronic sleep deprivation at night leads to errors in thinking, mathematical calculations and erosion of working memory – the ability to hold information on our mental screen and act upon it.