Welcome to the January 2017 Psychology Tools newsletter!

I have made *lots* of updates to the site over the past few months which I hope you will find useful.

Best wishes,



As of 1st January 2017 the address for Psychology Tools has officially changed to http://psychologytools.com

I would be very grateful if you could update any old links to Psychology Tools you have on your websites. For a free site like Psychology Tools incoming links are really valuable so please consider adding one if you haven’t done so already.


To go with the new address I have also given the design of the site a big overhaul. As well as hopefully looking beautiful, the site now works properly on mobile devices. Check it out using the links below.

The biggest change is that there are now separate sections for ‘Professionals’ and ‘Self-help’, so you can refer clients to psychologytools.com without worrying about them being swamped by information for professionals. Clients can easily access self-help information to support their therapy. It includes information about a range of common problems as well as additional information regarding common CBT treatment techniques.

Do please give the new site a visit. I would love any feedback you have. In particular is there anything that would stop you from recommending it to clients? Just reply to this email, or contact me on [email protected]



I want to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed their time to translate Psychology Tools. By my count over 170 of you have contributed translations. The result is that tools are now available in 44 languages. New languages are being added all the time I’m excited to say that worksheets now available in Punjabi and Vietnamese.

Having just spent most of a week’s annual leave clearing a big backlog of translations I hesitate to say this but… more translations are always very welcome! Just have a look at the translation project page to see how you can help.


A colleague in Russia got in touch to comment on the paucity of REBT resources on the site. He has led the development of a couple of resources that I think will be helpful to therapists interested in different ways of working with emotion.


My driving philosophy for Psychology Tools is that I want psychological resources to be free for everyone. In that spirit all of the worksheets from the book Self-Help Tools For Panic are now nicely collected on the anxiety page. If you think they look useful the book is a great treatment manual / client workbook for panic. Newsletter subscribers can get 10% off the digital versions using the code “january20”. Buy it here.


I liked this animated video about the importance of soft toys in the development of self-soothing. Bonus points for the mention of Winicott.

I also enjoyed a selection of videos from a recent symposium about alternatives to the biological model of psychiatry. These three were all good but and found John Read’s talk particularly engaging.

  • John Read – Pharmeceuticals: risks and alternatives
  • Sami Timimi – Empowering Narratives, and Psychiatric Diagnosis and Medication
  • Carina Håkansson – Pharmeceuticals: risks and alternatives