TAO - Therapy Assistance Online

TAO Therapy Assistance Online


What holds you back from mental wellness?

Stigma? Money? Time?

Mental health shouldn’t feel out of reach.

In January 2020, during President Morehead’s State of the University Address it was announced that UGA fully supports UGA Student Affairs and the University Health Center to lead new mental health initiatives on campus. TAO - Therapy Assistance Online, among other resources, have been identified as a tremendous resource to provide all UGA students, faculty and staff ongoing, daily mental wellness support.

The goal of TAO is to provide online and mobile tools to help you conquer the day-to-day struggles of general stressors like anxiety and depression, or specific troubles like relationships and addiction.


Who can use TAO?

TAO is FREE for anyone with a uga.edu email address.

Anytime! Anywhere! That’s the beauty of the TAO resource.

Are you on the Tifton campus? You can access TAO!

In Italy? You can access TAO.

Want to access TAO during study abroad? You can!


What is TAO?

TAO includes over 150 brief, effective, educational sessions covering over 50 common topics and skills related to mental health, wellness, and substance use issues. TAO Includes interactive sessions, mindfulness exercises and practice tools all aimed at helping you achieve your goals.

Some of these modules include:

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. 

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 a 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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 create a plan for any changes you’d like to make in these behaviors.

This pathway is a holistic-approach on dealing with pain. Topics include understanding pain, lifestyle factors, and various strategies to manage or reduce pain, including cognitive strategies, meditation, and acceptance and commitment therapy.


Login Instructions

TAO Therapy Assistance Online

  1. First-time users: create a TAO account by visiting the signup page
  2. Enter First Name, Last Name, and your MyID@uga.edu email address
  3. Leave the 'Enrollment Key' field blank.
  4. Click Sign Me Up
  5. Check your email. You will be sent a 'Welcome to TAO' email with a confirmation link which you must click on in order to sign in.


Locating the Sessions/Modules

  • Once you're signed in, click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner of your Dashboard
  • Click on “Browse All Sessions”
TAO dashboard showing dropdown menu with the choices: View All To Do Activities, Browse All Mindfulness Exercises, Browse All Sessions


TAO Mobile App

Download the TAO Mobile App for easy access on your mobile device to a variety of wellness tools!
For active TAO users only--register using the instructions above.

    Tools include:
  • TAO Logs to help you practice new skills
  • Messaging System which provides individualized reminders, suggestions, and encouragers

Download on the Apple Store

Download on Google Play



TAO Therapy Assistance Online


Guided Therapy Exercises from TAO:

  • Mindful Walking
  • Take a Vacation in Your Mind - Guided Imagery
  • 10 Deep Breaths
  • Mindful Examination of a Leaf
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Breathing
  • Mindful Awareness
  • Letting Go
  • Notice Yourself
  • Observing Thoughts Exercise
  • States of Flow
  • Meditation for Pain
  • Meditation on Body Acceptance
  • Loving Kindness Meditation
  • Finding your Happy Place
  • Light as a Feather
  • Meditation for Intrusive Thoughts
  • Breathe in Peace and Energy
  • Positive In, Negative Out
  • Meditation for Restful Sleep