CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – West Texas A&M University is now offering online counseling options to students, faculty and staff.
Therapy Assisted Online provides a library of health resources while maintaining confidentiality. There are two faucets offered through this service.
The first includes a totally anonymous option, offering more self-help. The other involves supervised counselor-guided session.
Michael Knox, Vice President of Student Enrollment, Engagement and Success, says all students should have access to counseling. “They have jobs, they’re working, they’re busy, but they have families and other duties. In some cases, they’re not even here. But they have the same problems and needs that other students have, so we want to provide for those needs,” Knox said.
The program is accessible from anywhere, not just on campus. Janine Johnson, a graduate student at WTAMU, explains the online program helps get rid of the stigma associated with seeing a counselor.
“If I was in my dorm room, and I was like I really need someone to talk to right now, I could access that,” Johnson said, “Or if I was an online student…Or a distance education student and I was commuting…I could really latch onto that, and still get that service without having to walk into counseling services and make an appointment.”
Any students, faculty or staff interested in signing up can head to TAOconnect.com.