About VerapAI

 
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Intelligent Simulation Therapy

We use IBM Watson technology to develop our AI therapist, who can engage in a wide variety of abstract conversation with the patient, while also being able to guide them through the talk-based or exposure-based therapy program. Studies have shown that patients are often hesitant to open up to a human therapist due to a fear of being judged. Our virtual therapy assistant provides patients with the reassurance that they will not be judged, allowing them to really open up, strongly enhancing the effectivity of therapy, at the same time being guaranteed the privacy, protection, and convenience of your own home.

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Fully Automated and Personal

Mary, in her base form, emulates a Rogerian Psychotherapist, interacting with the patient in a personal manner, much like a real therapist would. 

She can handle a large variety of instances in user interaction and is constantly learning from her interactions with patients, allowing for a personalized session that only gets better with further use. 

Mary is fully automated, meaning that she can interact in a personal manner with patients both vocally and visually, without any third-party assistance/involvement. This makes her an ideal solution for regions without access to human therapists.

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Convenient, Effective

Most people around the world don't have access to a therapist, and those that do, often can't see them more than a few times a month, as per the therapist's availability. Mary allows the patient to get therapy, wherever, and whenever they want. For instance, for young students ion the autism spectrum, such increased access to therapy programs can be really beneficial to their development. 

Mary can also help enhance treatment by working with therapists to help patients mentally rehabilitate, facilitating meetings between them anywhere worldwide at any time, and providing development pathways to work through between sessions, increasing the exposure and effectivity of the treatment.

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Affordable, Accessible

A major reason why people don't get the therapy they need is that therapy can be really expensive for the average patient, and it often comes down to paying the bills and having a roof over your head, or getting treatment to help improve your life. We want to make sure that no one ever has to make that choice again. Our product only requires the use of a $15 cardboard VR headset, an existing smartphone, and the corresponding app. We pledge to keep costs minimal for our program to help ensure this form of therapy is available to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

 
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Behavioral Therapy

We want to provide you with a quantitative pathway to improvement on various social skills in a safe and welcoming virtual environment. The programs can be conducted anywhere and at any time, and at whatever frequency the user prefers. MARY, the virtual therapist, will help guide the user through the program and will be able to produce progress reports so as to provide the user and their family (if desired) assurance that the program is having a positive impact.

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Psychotherapy

A more nuanced aspect of our offerings (currently in development), psychotherapy relies on a simulated person connection being developed between the virtual therapist and the user. MARY will be able to recall various instances of situations similar to the ones the user is facing thanks to her constantly developing an anonymous collective knowledge base (data is stripped from any connection to patients), and will ultimately be able to provide guidance to the user on how to deal with the issue at hand. If the therapist cannot provide appropriate guidance, they can refer the user to appropriate therapists.