Virtual Reality Psychiatry

Jacobi Care

Matthew A. Jacobs, DO

Psychiatry & Virtual Reality Psychiatry located in Palo Alto, CA

If you struggle with a mental health disorder but prefer visiting with your psychiatrist from the comfort of home, board-certified psychiatrist Matthew Jacobs, DO, offers a highly effective online solution. From his Jacobi Care office in Palo Alto, California, he provides virtual reality psychiatry services, which are less distracting and more immersive than traditional telehealth services. Call the office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

What is virtual reality psychiatry?
Virtual reality psychiatry offers a way for you to speak with Dr. Jacobs about mental health struggles from the comfort of your home, car, or office. It provides a more focused experience than traditional telehealth visits. During virtual reality psychiatry sessions, you receive treatment in a three-dimensional world where you feel like you’re right in the office with Dr. Jacobs.

What are the benefits of virtual reality psychiatry?

You can expect an array of benefits when choosing virtual reality psychiatry with Dr. Jacobs. Examples include:

  • Enjoyable experiences
  • Life-like social interactions
  • Highly effective results
  • Fewer unpleasant symptoms
  • Enhanced social connections and empathy 
  • Fewer distractions
  • Heightened self-awareness
  • Self-confidence
  • No need to take time off from work
  • No other patient exposure
  • No need to travel to the office
  • No need for childcare
  • Convenience

You receive the same exceptional psychiatry services with Dr. Jacobs via virtual reality psychiatry as you would during in-person visits. 

Some patients prefer virtual reality psychiatry due to its life-like feel, convenience, and ease of understanding and communicating your emotional needs from the safety of a virtual space. You might be better able to share thoughts and experiences via virtual reality than in face-to-face appointments. 

Treatment with Dr. Jacobs can diminish sadness, fearfulness, substance misuse, flashbacks, night terrors, and other unpleasant symptoms of mental health disorders.

What happens during virtual reality psychiatry appointments?

During virtual reality psychiatry sessions with Dr. Jacobs, he contacts you at your scheduled appointment time. But instead of a traditional facetime call, you speak with him using the immersive 3D tool Spatial to enhance your experience. This allows you to meet in the safety and privacy of a virtual environment.

He asks questions about your symptoms, lifestyle habits, medical history, and medications. If you struggle with a mental health disorder, he develops an effective treatment plan. Common mental health challenges include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Substance misuse disorder
  • Post-concussion syndrome
  • Other mental health disorders

Dr. Jacobs offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), other types of therapy, traditional counseling, and more using virtual reality psychiatry to reduce unpleasant symptoms and improve your mood. He can prescribe medications that help you better cope with your condition.

Is virtual reality psychiatry right for me?

Virtual reality psychiatry could be a highly effective solution if you have a mental health disorder but would like to avoid in-person counseling sessions. Dr. Jacobs lets you know which mental health treatments best match your needs.


To learn more about virtual reality psychiatry and find out if it’s right for you, call the Jacobi Care office or schedule an appointment online today.