Therapist Assisted Online (TAO)

TAO bannerWhat is TAO Self Help?

  • TAO is an interactive, web-based program that provides assistance to help you bounce back from frustrations and disappointments in life, and also aiming to increase positive and adaptive behavior.

  • TAO is based on well researched and highly effective strategies for helping anxiety.

  • Educational Modules: High quality, entertaining, and interracftive 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. 

What are the benefits? 

  • By using TAO, you will be able to learn:
    • Personal skills: For developing personal agency and managing oneself.
    • Cognitiveskills: For Analyzing and using information.
    • Inter-personal skills: For communicating and interacting effectively with others.
  • Each pathway could be considered its own textbook, with each module in that pathway representing a chapter of the book, and each module session representing a subheading of the chapter. As you watch videos and engage with our interactive components, you'll gain the knowledge, self-awareness, and skills you need to achieve your goals.
  • You can complete TAO at your own pace, whether that's just one session a day, or perhaps two whole modules. It's entirely up to you.

  • Review the descriptions of each pathway below. You may complete as many pathways as you like. If you have put some effort into one and it does not seem to be resonating with you, you could consider trying another to see if that might better help you reach your goals. TAO is not one size fits all, and we encourage you to play around to find what works most effectively for YOU.

  • Let Go and Be Well - 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.
    • Interpersonal Relationships and Communication - 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.  
    • Leave Your Blues Behind - 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.
    • Improving Your Mood - 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.
    • Evaluating Alcohol and Drug Use - 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.

Who is eligible?

  • All SJSU students are eligible for TAO Self-Help.

Self-Screening Tool

  • Here you can anonymously complete a self-screening assessment that will ask you a few questions about common problems, then provide you with some feedback for next steps you can take.


How do I sign-in/sign-up?

  • Sign up with your email account.  Access to TAO Self-Help requires an active SJSU email account.

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You can use TAO on any web platform, or you can download the app from the PlayStore or use the App Store to download.

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