How the Learn to Live program works
A step-by-step guide to how we can help
Identify the problem
Life provides us with plenty of opportunities to feel stressed and worried, like relationships, health, work and finances. It’s normal to feel sad, lonely, afraid, nervous or anxious. If those feelings don’t seem to go away, it may be an indication of an issue with anxiety or depression.
We'll help you identify the thoughts and behavior patterns that perpetuate your issues, so you can work through them. You don't have to stay anxious and lonely. Your world can get bigger.
Understand how your mind works
Sometimes our own thoughts become too focused on perceived threats and our sense of helplessness. When we experience depression or anxiety, these thinking patterns become our norm. We worry that we will be miserable and stuck, and we start avoiding the things in life that would help us be more resilient.
Our programs are designed to help you recognize your fears and stressors, and understand how to deal with the thoughts and behavior patterns that are keeping you anxious or down.
Learn ways to deal with the problem
The Learn to Live programs are divided into eight lessons, each describing new ideas like Thought Inspection, Fear-facing and Goal Setting to help you develop new healthy habits. You’ll listen to Dr. Russ explain the thought processes and behaviors that get you stuck, and introduce the powerful tools of CBT in his quirky and engaging way. And learn to how to live the life you’ve been longing for.
Once you have the know-how, it's time to put it to work. Your homework provides you the opportunity to practice your new thinking and living on a daily basis.
We help you set your goals and track your progress from your personalized dashboard. We also help you identify the support you need to reach your goals: a Learn to Live coach, people you already know - your Teammates™, or others in the community who are on the same path.
Live the life you want to
By the end of the program, you will have learned to inspect your thoughts and change your behavior patterns, and will have taken the first steps towards becoming more engaged in your life.
You will be able to manage your thoughts, actions, and attention in more situations. You’ll have the tools and capabilities you need to truly live and maintain the life you've always wanted to live.
The Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Hundreds of studies have shown that CBT is a powerful solution to problems like anxiety and depression. When CBT tools are delivered online, they're as effective as face-to-face sessions, making this a smart option for those who prefer online to in-office meetings.
"The simplicity, accessibility, and effectiveness of Internet-based CBT make it a powerful tool."
– Gavin P. Andrews MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, cited in Clinical Psychiatry News, 6/11/2011
"Five studies comparing computerized CBT with traditional face-to-face CBT were identified, and both modes of treatment appeared equally beneficial."
– Cuijpers et al. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13196
"Computerized CBT for anxiety and depressive disorders, especially via the internet, has the capacity to provide effective acceptable and practical health care for those who might otherwise remain untreated."
– Cuijpers et al. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13196
"There is also good evidence that self-help internet interventions improve symptoms."
– Foroushani, Schneider & Assareh BMC Psychiatry 2011, 11:131
What Our Members Are Saying
I can happily walk down a street or go shopping without feeling that crushing sense of self-consciousness and fear of what people think of me. I have no qualms about picking up a phone and talking to a stranger. I initiate 90% of my conversations with strangers, friends, and family.
Rather than fearing social settings, I now look at them as ‘challenges’ and find I actually end up enjoying being in these situations."
I really enjoyed the tips in the Lessons. I liked that the Dr. Russ tips involve a personal situation example and I’m not just asked to brainstorm. It made me feel less alone in my social anxiety."
If you would have told me three years ago that I would be anxiety free and eating in restaurants like everyone else, I would have laughed and thought you were making a cruel joke. I had nearly accepted that this was my lot in life, but it’s certainly not true. Take the Learn to Live social anxiety program seriously, and your life will change seriously. It did for me!"
Lesson 6 was probably my favorite. It was interactive, fun, educational, and helpful. I felt like the Lesson really emphasized me taking control of my life."