TAO - Therapy Assistance Online

What is TAO – Therapy Assistance Online?    

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Click the image above to watch a short video explaining TAO.

  • TAO is an interactive, web-based program that provides guided activities to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common concerns.
  • TAO is based on well-researched and highly effective strategies for helping anxiety, depression and other common concerns.
  • Each week, you will watch engaging videos, complete exercises, and meet with a counselor via private, secure, videoconferencing for a 10-15 minute consultation.
  • Weekly exercises take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.
  • Daily homework can be completed on a smart phone, tablet, or computer.  These take about 1-2 minutes per entry and the treatment is most effective if you make an entry 2 or more times per day.
  • Choose from different "Pathway" modules including Calming Your Worry, Let Go and Be Well, Interpersonal Relationships and Communication, Leave Your Blues Behind, Improving Your Mood, and Evaluating Alcohol and Drug Use.

TAO allows you to get effective treatment when your schedule or life makes it hard to get to the counseling center. You will have access to highly effective therapy modules 24/7 and a dedicated time to meet online with your counselor each week. The most recent research shows this treatment model with effect sizes equal to or exceeding face-to-face therapy. 

Check Out a Sample Session of TAO

Click here to watch sample session

Take TAO's Online Screening

Take TAO’s online screening for common problems. TAO will ask you a few questions in each area and provide some feedback along with some ideas about next steps you can take.

Sign Up For TAO 

To get started, go to https://thepath.taoconnect.org/ and select “Sign up in Self-Help with an Institution.”

  1. Enter your basic info. Use your UCSC email.
  2. Leave the "Enrollment Key" field blank.
  3. Demographics are optional. Read and click the checkbox on the TAO Self-Help Informed Consent. Then click "Sign Me Up!"
  4. You will receive a TAO Welcome email with login instructions to go to https://thepath.taoconnect.org/. Enter your UCSC email address, then log in with your gold password.