Therapy Assistance Online

TAO is an interactive, web-based self-help program that provides online and mobile tools to help you overcome the day to day challenges around stessors like anxiety, depression, or other concerns. 

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Mental Health support and resources when you need it, accessible at anytime, and free. Create a free account today.


What is TAO?

The TAO program is accessible across platforms including computer, smart phone, or tablet. Although some features are only available through computer. TAO is based on well researched and highly effective strategies.

It may be helpful to think of TAO as an online library of engaging, interactive programs to learn life skills and to help you bounce back from disappointments or stumbling blocks in life.

Click here to watch the TAO Self-Help explainer video for more information about the program. 

EDUCATIONAL MODULES: High quality, entertaining, and interactive learning modules, using evidence-based theories.

ASSESSMENTS: Provide progress and outcome measures, along with screening for behavioral health problems, if desired.

PRACTICE TOOLS & LOGS: Tools to reinforce skills learned in the educational modules, including daily logs and journals.

MINDFULNESS LIBRARY: Valuable resource to learn and practice mindfulness and meditation.

We are excited to provide you with very powerful evidenced-based, learner-focused content that aims to increase positive and adaptive behavior. 

Available TAO Self-Help Modules

This module focuses on the challenges of the college student with worry. By doing this module you will learn to recognize and understand how your thoughts influence your feelings and behaviors. By learning to catch negative thoughts and consider them in a more positive light, you will find that you begin to act with greater confidence. As you realize you have control over your thoughts, you'll worry less about the challenges ahead, knowing that you have the ability to persist through difficulties.

Resilience is the psychological concept of successfully processing and adapting to change and stress; this pathway guides you to a place where you can begin to accept and embrace your life fully- even its challenges. Improving your abilities to accept and adapt to unexpected events in your life can lead to marked improvement in both functioning and mood. In addition to learning mindfulness techniques that allow you to practice being in the present moment, you will also begin to clarify and understand your own personal values. By committing to living a life that follows those priorities, you will likely find greater peace and well-being.

Relationships can be challenging sometimes. This pathway will help you understand how to improve your relationships by building communication skills, learning to recognize unhealthy relationship behaviors, and finding ways to manage anger. You'll also learn how to respond more effectively to others.

When life feels low, it's easy to think negatively. This pathway will encourage you to find ways to think more positively; in doing so, you'll notice that you don't feel quite as blue anymore. As you learn to pay attention to your thoughts and find ways to view situations in a more constructive light, you'll find that your behaviors become more positive as well. This pathway also includes a section on mindfulness techniques, which will help you learn to be present in your life and find peace in the moment.

This pathway will teach you that there is some truth behind the phrase "fake it till you make it." When we feel down, it's easy to begin to withdraw from others, which leads to a cycle of continuing to feel blue. By learning to challenge yourself to engage with your life, even when you don't initially feel like it, you'll actually begin to feel better and think more positively.

This pathway is for people seeking more knowledge and information about the role substances play in their lives. In these lessons, you will reflect on your own choices regarding alcohol and drug use, and make a plan for any changes you'd like to make in these behaviors.

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Interested in learning more about TAO?

  • You can find more information about TAO a few ways. You can check out the website, watch some introductory videos, or create an account to try it out. 
  • Check out a sample TAO session at this link: Different Types of Communication

How do I sign up?

Creating an account is easy! Click here to create an account

Here are the steps to get you started in TAO:

  1. In your browser window, navigate to TAO Website (USA)  and click on the ‘Sign Me Up’ button.
  2. Enter your name and email address on the enrollment form, use your university email address.
  3. Enter a password (once more to confirm it).
  4. Leave the ‘Enrollment Key’ field blank. Fill out the demographics and Informed Consent form, and click ‘Sign Me Up!’
  5. Check your email. You will be sent a confirmation link which you must click on before signing in.
  6. Click on the link, and log into the platform, and the first thing you will see is the home page. Scroll down to the section ‘My Pathways’ to find all your available pathways.
  7. Choose the pathway(s) that are right for you, then get started.  Work through the educational module and exercises.  The course will prompt you when a practice tool or log should be completed.  You can work with these either in the web interface or you can download the Android or iOS mobile apps. NOTE: The apps include the logs and mindfulness library; however most of the courses must be accessed through the web interface.Make sure you click the "Sign up in TAO Self-Help box." You will have instant access to the program and can start the program today.  

Please note you need to use your UC email address to have access to the program.

Benefits of TAO?

  • TAO offers evidence based resources for all students
  • TAO provides access to highly effective mental health support 24/7