Virtual Reality for mental health

VR Mental Health research lab of the UMCG University Center for Psychiatry
We develop VR applications for psychological problems

Effective VR treatments for psychological problems

We investigate whether and how VR treatments work, develop treatment protocols and work on the implementation of VR in Dutch mental health care.

VR chris

Daily environment

People can walk around in all kinds of everyday environments, such as a shopping street, a bus, a supermarket or a living room.


Meet avatars

There they meet avatars, virtual persons. Role-playing allows people to practice difficult or exciting situations.


Relaxation tool

VR takes people to another world. They forget the environment where they are and are completely absorbed in the virtual environment.

VR – precisely tailored and endlessly repeatable


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What we do

Every person is different. With the VR software, people can choose in which environments and situations they want to practice, or in which environment they relax best. Below is a selection of our VR studies.



 DiSCoVR is a training aimed at improving social cognition. By better understanding others, participants learn to better assess a useful way to approach social contact.


VR Soap treincoupe


VR-SOAP offers various modules that contribute to improving the amount and quality of social contacts, leisure activities and participation in society.
VRelax dolfijnen


VRelax is a VR relaxation app aimed at reducing stress, tension, sleeping problems and anxiety and offers the opportunity to step into another reality.

Changing perspective in VR was an eye opener.”

Pim Berendsen

Pim Berendsen


Better care is our mission

University Center for Psychiatry of the University Medical Center Groningen

+31 50 3612367

Hanzeplein 1 9713 GZ Groningen