ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TAO Connect, a digital platform aimed at making mental health therapy more accessible, efficient and effective, today announces the launch of its self-help monthly subscription plan and corresponding mobile app. Through TAO’s newest offering, anyone seeking self-help services now has access to the company’s suite of online mental health tools. Beyond this option, users can also utilize the technology in tandem with a therapist of their choice, at a much lower cost point than traditional therapy.
“We know psychotherapy is critical for the treatment of common mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, but it’s traditionally delivered it in a way that doesn’t really fit people’s lifestyles,” said Dr. Sherry Benton, founder and Chief Science Officer of TAO Connect, Inc. “To go along with this, we have an incredible number of people living in underserved behavioral health areas. There is a major accessibility crisis happening, which inspired us to create effective tools, so anyone can receive the help they need without having to schedule their life around it.”
TAO utilizes a low intensity-high engagement modality, meaning less face-to-face time with a therapist and increased engagement through self-help features. More than 100 studies in 20 countries have shown this method to be as effective as hour-long, in-person individual therapy for common disorders. TAO’s self-help tools include high production quality, interactive, educational modules in structured programs along with a companion app with daily practice tools. TAO’s screening measure can help someone choose the best program for them, and TAO’s progress measure helps track improvement.
The self-help tools include TAO’s new machine learning-powered personal messaging tool. As users interact with various modules within TAO, the system provides notifications and suggestions based on the efficacy of the completed self-help tools. For instance, while relaxed meditation may work as an effective form of therapy for one client, activation-based methods will work better for others.
“As it’s been noted that mental disorders tend to be prevalent amongst college students, we previously focused our efforts on providing treatment options to more than 1.3 million students from 85 universities in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean,” continued Dr. Benton. “However, the need for behavioral health resources extends far beyond college students, which is why we’ve made our powerful machine learning technology available to everyone who needs it.”
The self-enrollment program uses a subscription-based pricing model for access to its suite of educational and therapeutic materials. Clients pay $25 per month or $100 for six months for unlimited use of all tools within the program, including daily logs, exercises and practice tools. For more information about TAO and its technology, and to sign up for a plan, visit www.TAOConnect.org. To download the TAO Mobile app, visit iTunes or Android’s app store.
About TAO Connect:
TAO Connect is a virtual platform committed to reducing mental health disparities by bringing affordable, effective, and accessible treatment to people who have had limited access in the past. The online program provides therapy for common mental health problems using a comprehensive platform of virtual tools for therapists and clients. The tools provide information about client education, interaction, accountability, and progress assessment to facilitate effective results.
Founded in 2012 by Dr. Sherry Benton, TAO facilitates a need for online counseling in educational environments, as well as rural areas around the country where mental health counseling is more difficult to acquire. The company’s model utilizes a low intensity-high engagement method which provides clients with shorter, more frequent counseling sessions in replace of longer, more sporadic sessions.
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