TAO (Therapy Assistance Online)

What is TAO?

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 of TAO and individual therapy together is equal to or exceeds only face-to-face therapy.

  • 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.
  • After completing an online, confidential screening tool, you will be assigned customized videos and exercises to complete at your own convenience.
  • Video exercises take approximately 10-40 minutes to complete.
  • Recommended daily homework can be completed on a smartphone, 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.

Check out a sample TAO session here

TAO Connect at SAU

TAO provides support for anxiety, depression, and other common concerns. Each week you can watch short videos, complete skill-building exercises, and meet with a counselor through a secure video session to briefly touch base.

What Will I Learn with TAO?

The St. Ambrose University Counseling Center is excited to provide you with very powerful evidenced-based, learner-focused content that aims to increase positive and adaptive behavior.

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.

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.

Student Sign-Up

Here are the steps to get you started in TAO: 

1. Visit the TAO Connect page  
2. Enter First Name, Last Name, and your school email address
3. Create a Password (Ignore this step if you use Single Sign-On with TAO)
4. Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank.
5. Click Sign Me Up
6. Check your email. You will be sent a Welcome to TAO email with a confirmation link which you must click on to sign in.


Director Sarah E. Oliver, PhD, LISW, LCSW

Counseling Center
Rogalski Center, 2nd floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.