Professor Philippa Garety, Chief Investigator at King’s College London, explains our work so far and introduces AVATAR2 in this video.
AVATAR therapy offers a new approach to working with distressing voices (auditory hallucinations). It involves innovative use of digital technology to allow ‘face-to-face’ dialogue between the voice-hearer and a computerised representation of their voice (the avatar), with a therapeutic focus on increasing power and control over the voice.
The digital technology allows us to bring the person’s experience of hearing the voice into therapy in a new and potentially powerful way.
Building on pioneering work by Professor Julian Leff, we have developed the AVATAR therapy approach. In a recent trial, we found that it reduced the distress experienced by people who hear voices when compared to supportive counselling. We are now taking this forward in the AVATAR2 trial.