About the STAIR Program

webSTAIR is a program that condenses STAIR’s therapeutic techniques and principles into an easy to access website that guides users across 9 core modules. It usually takes clients roughly 9 weeks to go through each module and practice the related skills and self-reflect between each module. Change occurs with practice over time, so each person will have a different experience depending on how much time they devote to learning, practicing, and strengthening their newfound skills.

While STAIR can be most effective when guided by the support of a mental health specialist in person, we understand that it’s not always easy to get started or to find an active STAIR program for various reasons. If you’re unsure or unable to enroll in a traditional STAIR program, we’re here to guide you through the program and practices online, at your own pace.

webSTAIR may also be a nice companion to your in-the-office work with a counselor! Be sure to tell your provider if you want to do both at the same time or in sequence.

STAIR was originally created by Dr. Marylene Cloitre, a clinical psychologist. webSTAIR was created by Dr. Cloitre as well as her colleagues and fellow psychologists, Dr. Kile Ortigo, Dr. Christie Jackson, Dr. Brandon Weiss, and Dr. Janet Schmidt – all psychologists specializing in PTSD and related symptoms and problems that can arise from a range of traumatic stressors including those related to combat and military service, rape and assault, and childhood trauma.

webSTAIR was created by a group of clinicians who specialize in the treatment of PTSD and other trauma-related symptoms and behaviors.

webSTAIR is an online treatment plan that focuses on emotions and relationships [some element] as compared to other treatment methods like medication, other kinds of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), etc. Focusing on managing one’s emotions and relationships allows people suffering from symptoms of posttraumatic stress or PTSD to experience improvement in symptoms relevant to those things that often bring one into therapy—relationships and feelings!

One benefit of STAIR (and webSTAIR) is you do not have to talk about the details of a traumatic experience in order to feel better. We help you develop skills in the here-and-now to address your struggles. STAIR focuses on improving quality of life and many people report an increased sense of calm and satisfaction in their lives after completing the program.