Live more. Fear less.

Affordable evidence-based mental healthcare for anyone, anywhere

Who we are

ZeroPhobia was developed by a team of scientists, practitioners and game developers dedicated to providing mental healthcare that is available for anyone. Our mission is to help people worldwide get rid of their fears.

We make use of technology that is inexpensive, or that you probably already own, and state-of-the-art scientific insights based on rigorous research. You can use ZeroPhobia with a basic cardboard VR viewer, and your smartphone. With just these items, ZeroPhobia delivers evidence-based mental hearthcare at a fraction of the cost of seeing a therapist.

The founders

Tara Donker

Tara, ZeroPhobia’s virtual therapist, is modelled after dr. Tara Donker. As a licensed therapist Tara treats people with anxiety-related disorders as well as depression. Aside from her clinical work she is also an Associate Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she studies early intervention for depression and anxiety disorders. Tara also works on improving accessibility of mental healthcare through innovative technologies, such as virtual reality and apps for mobile devices.

Jean-Louis van Gelder

Jean-Louis van Gelder is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law (Freiburg, Germany) and Full Professor at the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Leiden University. He specializes in the development of virtual reality applications and the use of novel technologies to make our lives better and our societies safer.


Orb Amsterdam is a software development studio that creates engaging experiences with NOVEL technologies. Orb Amsterdam has partnered up with ZeroPhobia to convert their expertise into the mobile application for different platforms. This includes the mobile AR and VR levels of different editions.

In the media

Timeline ZeroPhobia


Genesis ZeroPhobia


Development of ZeroPhobia Fear of Heights


Clinical trial of ZeroPhobia Fear of Heights version 1.0


Release of ZeroPhobia Fear of Heights 2.0 and start development of ZeroPhobia Fear of Flying


Clinical Trial ZeroPhobia Fear of Flying and development of ZeroPhobia Fear of Spiders using Augmented Reality


Clinical trial ZeroPhobia Fear of Spiders