University of Houston-Victoria

Counseling Center

Therapy Assistance Online

Therapy Assistance OnlineWhat is TAO?

TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is an online library of engaging, interactive programs that help you learn life skills and bounce back from disappointments and stumbling blocks. As you watch our videos and engage with the interactive components, you'll gain the necessary knowledge and self-awareness to achieve your specific goals. TAO offers:

  • Educational modules
  • Assessments
  • Practice tools and logs
  • A mindfulness library

Self-Help-explainer-v2-US from TAO Connect on Vimeo.

What's the time commitment?

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!

What topics does TAO address?

TAO offers a variety of different modules, some of which 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 Up in Self-Help with an Institution’ button.
  2. Enter your name and email address on the enrollment form using your UHV email address.
  3. Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank. Fill out the demographics and Informed Consent form and click 'Sign Me Up!'
  4. Check your email. You will be sent a registration email with a confirmation link which you must click on in order to sign in.

Self-Screening Tool

Don’t know where to start? Complete an anonymous self-screening assessment that will ask you a few about common problems and offer feedback on next steps.

If you still aren’t sure if TAO is right for you, watch this sample session on communication styles. By watching this sample session, you will come away with a better understanding of what TAO can do for you.