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Therapy Assistance Online

What is Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) Treatment?

  • 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 concerns.
  • You can watch engaging videos and complete beneficial exercises.
    • Exercises take approximately 10-20 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.

TAO allows you to access highly effective therapy modules whenever you need it, available 24/7. Using TAO you will learn from different modules you chose to use! Some of these modules include:

Calming Your Worry

You may select from two versions of this pathway: one focuses on broad life experiences, while the other is tailored to the challenges of the college student. In either version, 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.

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.


Here are the steps to get you started in TAO: 

  1. In your browser window, navigate to, and click on the ‘Sign Me Up’ button. 
  2. Enter your name and university email address into the enrollment form.
  3. Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank Enter a password.
  4. Fill out the Demographic Information [optional] and agree to the TAO Self-Help Informed Consent [required].  
  5. Click 'Sign Me Up!'
  6. You will be sent a confirmation link via email.  Click this link and sign in with your university login credentials.



Here are the steps to get you started in TAO: 

  1. Click this link - TAO for Northwest Employees
  2. Complete the enrollment form (User Information, Demographic Information, and Informed Consent).
  3. Click "Sign Me Up!"
  4. You will receive a confirmation email saying your enrollment is complete. You can now login to TAO using your Northwest username and password.



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

Download TAO from the App Store           Download TAO from the Google Play Store

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