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Rethinkly helps people think and feel better, about themselves and their world.

Updated: Nov 30, 2023


We have been developing and improving ProReal over the past seven years, combining insights from academic studies with feedback from our clients and practitioners. There is a growing body of evidence for the effectiveness of our software in different settings.





Research Findings in Adults

ProReal helps people to:


  • Develop insights, into their selves, their relationships and their emotions

  • Identify and label thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and recognise relationships between themes

  • Express and gain distance from difficult thoughts and feelings

  • Engage and participate in talking therapies, counselling and coaching that they have previously found difficult

  • Develop empathy for others and understand others’ perspective

In common with other virtual reality interventions, ProReal provides a powerful experience which can be a useful for complex environments and difficult situations.


Research Findings in Young People

ProReal helps young people to:


  • Express themselves and externalise their inner worlds

  • Address presenting psychological issues

  • Engage in talking therapies or counselling, which many young people find difficult

  • Communicate better with their counsellor or therapist

  • Reappraise difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences

  • Gain insights into their emotions and relationships

  • Be more self-compassionate and mindful

ProReal is associated with significant reductions in psychological distress, particularly in young males and clients who may find verbal expression difficult, when used as part of a school counselling intervention. Use of the software has low drop-out rates and high ratings of satisfaction.


We have been pleased to work with independent academic researchers from some of the most highly regarded universities and research facilities in the world. To find out more, use the links below:


November 2023

D. Bayntun-Lees, C. Paine Schofield | Hult International Business School


January 2022

E. Robson and K. Greenwood


June 2021


November 2020


March 2020


October 2019


August 2018

Avatar-Based VR in CAMHS Case Study (click to open in a new tab) Dr Caroline Falconer, Rebecca Grist, Bethan Davies, Prof. Paul Stallard


November 2017


October 2017

Adjunctive Avatar Therapy for Mentalisation-Based Treatment for people with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (click to open in a new tab) Dr Caroline Falconer, Penny Cutting, Bethan Davies, Prof. Chris Hollis, Prof. Paul Stallard, Dr Paul Moran


February 2017

Avatar-Based Counselling within a School Setting. Case Study ‘Richard’ Research Report (click to open in a new tab) Dr Biljana vn Rijn, Dr Caroline Falconer, Prof. Mick Cooper, Dr Evi Chryssafidou, Prof. William Stiles


June 2016

ProReal Avatar-Based Counselling with Young People (click to open in a new tab) Prof. Mick Cooper, Dr Evi Chryssafidou, Dr Biljana van Rijn


July 2015

Avatar-Based Therapy within Prison Settings: Pilot Evaluation (click to open in a new tab) Prof. Mick Cooper, Dr Evi Chryssafidou, Dr Biljana vn Rijn, Andrew Jackson

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