Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)

Description of CAPS Self-Help Program

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The TAO therapy is an online platform of tools and educational materials to help you to learn about and change how you think and feel. Along with the educational materials in the platform, every week you will be completing a short mood survey and meeting online with your therapist in a brief video conference.


Your therapist will provide you with support, encouragement, problem solving, and accountability. These modules are designed to help you have a better understanding of your personal situation and equip you with tools to aid you in feeling less anxious now and as you go forward in your life. Some concerns that may be addressed by TAO include depression, anxiety, communication, and substance use issues.

  • Cognitive Behavioral for Anxiety
    In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the focus is on identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, which leads to more desirable behavioral and emotional change. CBT remains one of the most evidence-informed treatments in psychology, and is heavily utilized in mental health treatment.

    Anxiety: Exaggerated perceptions of danger and of lack of resources to deal with circumstances.

    There are 7 modules in the Cognitive-Behavioral for Anxiety set:

    1. Understanding Anxiety and Worry
    2. Relaxation and Anxiety Reduction
    3. Thoughts, Assumptions, and Core Beliefs
    4. Mindfulness
    5. Facing Your Fears
    6. Lifestyle Factors
    7. Anxiety Review
  • Cognitive Behavioral for Depression

    In Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the focus is on identifying and changing dysfunctional thinking, which leads to more desirable behavioral and emotional change. CBT remains one of the most evidence-informed treatments in psychology, and is heavily utilized in mental health treatment.

    Depression:Everything is viewed with a negative bias.

    There are 8 modules in the Cognitive-Behavioral for Depression set:

    1. Overview of Depression
    2. Feelings and Thoughts
    3. Understanding Stress and Relaxation
    4. Unhealthy and Healthy Thoughts
    5. Layers of Thinking
    6. Core Beliefs
    7. Relationships, Lifestyles and Problem-Solving
    8. Relapse Prevention
  • Acceptance and Commitment for Anxiety/Depression
    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has a firm research-supported treatment base, and has become more popular over the years with its emphasis on values, self-compassion, acceptance, and mindfulness - all core psychological wellbeing principles. The focus is on accepting what is, without overly focusing on it, rather than on eliminating symptoms. When we can let go of the preoccupations with our problems and struggles, our symptoms dissipate as a byproduct. ACT can be very helpful with anxiety, depression, and lower quality of life. ACT intervention has 2 main goals: (1) Develop acceptance of unwanted, private experience that out of personal control, and (2) Commitment and action toward a valued life. These ACT modules are applicable for depression and anxiety.

    There are 7 modules in the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) set:

    1. Overview of Depression
    2. Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    3. Fusion and Defusion
    4. Thinking Mind vs. Observing Mind and Acceptance
    5. Mindfulness
    6. Values
    7. Taking Action
  • Behavioral Activation for Depression
    Behavioral Activation (BA) takes an "inside-out" approach to depression. The longer someone is depressed, the more they withdraw and avoid, which actually leads to even worse depression and reinforcement of negative cycles that support low mood. The goal of BA is to help you re-engage with life and sources of wellbeing. This increased activity leads to feeling more hopeful, improved mood, and greater motivation.

    There are 7 modules in the Behavioral Activation (BA) for Depression set:

    1. Overview of Depression
    2. Behavioral Activation
    3. Make an Activation Plan and Identifying Values
    4. Achieving Flow and Identifying Strengths
    5. Avoidance and Depression Traps
    6. Problem Solving
    7. Life Balance and Relapse Prevention
  • Sign-In

    TAO can also be used as a purely self-guided tool, consisting of educational and interactive modules, practice tools, journals and progress measures. The TAO Self-Help option allows you to move through the courses at your own pace.

    If you have already signed up and have an account, Sign-In Here




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