Small Steps

A web based tool to reduce anxiety or stress and improve mood.

Small Steps By Clearhead
  • Video recordings for guided relaxation or mindfulness
  • Self-assessment tools

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Country of origin Aotearoa New Zealand
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? Yes
  • require internet access? Yes
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Cost Free
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What does the app do?

Small Steps comprises tools or strategies which focus on positive thinking and mindfulness to manage stress or anxiety, and help when you’re feeling down. Examples of strategies include deep breathing, active listening, mindful watching, identifying signals, reframing thoughts and balancing mood. In addition users can access resources and information to support them to maintain or improve their wellbeing. Small Steps also provides information to help support friends and whānau but this is less well developed. 

For the complete description, go to the Small Steps website., or for a more detailed review, see Reviews. 


✔ Easy to navigate and pleasing to look at.

✔ Content is based on evidence-based approaches for self-management of low mood and stress/ anxiety.

✔ The experiential tasks are useful and easy to follow. 

✔ Housed on a zero-rated website, which means you won’t use any data when you access this site, and you can continue to access the website if you run out of mobile data.

✘ Attempts to make far more complex tasks; reframing thoughts, building self-worth, and understanding loneliness accessible, but in doing so simplifies them to such an extent that I do not think people would be able to take advantage of strategies. The difficulty with things like this is that it can decrease the impact of such self-help strategies with people writing it off as “not useful”.

✘ Missed out some key strategies that support wellbeing – structured problem solving (with links to accessing practical resources); assertive communication (for getting needs met); and self-compassion (I’d emphasise this rather than building self-worth).

✘ Intended to also give people guidance for getting help for whānau, but this part of the app is less developed.

Review details

Date of review: April 2022
Platform reviewed: Website 

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Credits: Health Navigator Editorial Team. Reviewed By: Emma Sutich, Clinical Psychologist Last reviewed: 05 Apr 2022