Here to Help: Therapy Assistance Online
Aug. 18, 2020
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti
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At Sam Houston State University, the Counseling Center is committed to students’ well-being. This support includes helping students to manage emotions and be more effective in relationships with others.
The university environment can be exciting and challenging. Academic pressures or demands from jobs and others can be stressful. While the Counseling Center works with students who may be experiencing a crisis, the goal is to help them deal with their concerns before they develop into more serious problems.
One way the center assists students is through individual counseling sessions. Currently, for pandemic safety purposes, those sessions are being conducted via remote therapy, which is generally done through video.
In addition to meeting with a counselor, another way the center can support students’ needs is with the online service, Therapy Assistance Online. Designed to help participants have a better understanding of personal experiences and to equip them with strategies for managing stress, TAO is a free resource for all current SHSU students.
The interactive, web-based program provides guided activities to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common concerns. Each week, students watch engaging videos and participate in skill-building exercises over a smart phone, tablet.
TAO is not meant to be a replacement for those needing in-person therapy but serves as an additional resource in making therapy more accessible to everyone. It allows students to get effective treatment when their schedule or life makes it hard to get to the counseling center.
Students seeking remote therapy sessions or interested in trying the TAO program can learn more by visiting the Counseling Center's website - https://www.shsu.edu/dept/counseling/
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