Counseling Center Now Offering New Service: TAO

Located on the second floor of the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center provides mental health services to students. The Counseling Center provides confidential, voluntary, short-term solution-focused counseling to students at Mines. Counselors are trained and licensed and provide support to students in resolving concerns that interfere with their ability to meet daily demands. Concerns that are commonly presented at the Counseling Center include anxiety, depression, stress management, relationships, and academic struggles.

The Counseling Center offers individual counseling, consultation, group counseling, wellness programs, and workshops, crisis intervention, referral resources , and online mental health screenings.

Starting this semester, the Colorado School of Mines Counseling Center is also offering Therapist Assisted Online (TAO) to students. This platform is designed to provide expanded Counseling Center services and mental health resources to students on and off campus. TAO is a platform that provides expanded Counseling Center services and mental health resources, and gives users access to treatment for those experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, depression, and other behavioral health concerns.

“The launch of TAO is an exciting step for the Counseling Center in growing our service offerings and increasing access to mental health resources,” says Counseling Center Director Sandra Sims, PsyD. “We hope to engage the Mines community in utilizing and sharing these helpful tools!”

TAO will allow the Counseling Center to treat more students more effectively. TAO offers a variety of tools including educational videos, skill-based modules, progress assessments, and other activities. These tools are designed to help users practice skills which complement treatment. TAO includes a “Self-Enrolled, Self-Help” feature, which is accessible by all students, faculty, staff at any time, anywhere for no cost.

For more information about TAO or about services that the Counseling Center provides you can contact them by website (, email (, or call (303-273-3377). To access TAO visit TAO can be used on any mobile device or computer. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the Student Wellness Center and is open weekdays, 8am to 5pm.

Erica Dettmer-Radtke is a senior at Mines. She is editor in chief of The Oredigger. Erica is a Statistics major and came to Mines from Boulder, CO. In her spare time, while not studying or working on the paper, she enjoys being outside, reading, photography, and cooking.

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