The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, And Creativity by Phil StutzThe Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, And Creativity by Phil Stutz

The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, And Creativity

byPhil Stutz, Barry Michels

Paperback | May 21, 2013

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Now in paperback, a groundbreaking book about personal growth that presents a uniquely effective set of four tools that bring about dynamic change in the present and impart a greater understanding of the depth and complexity of the human condition over the long term.
The Tools addresses the most common complaint patients have about psychotherapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. Barry Michels, an LA-based therapist, was frustrated by his inability to bring his patients faster relief from the issues that plagued them. He found a mentor in Phil Stutz, a psychiatrist who years before devised a methodology that arose from a similar disenchantment. The traditional therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Stutz and Michels employ an arsenal of tools--exercises that access the power of the unconscious and effectively meet the most persistent problems people face--and the results are electrifying. Stutz and Michels are much sought-after--a recent profile in The New Yorker touted them as an "open secret" in Hollywood--and treat a high-powered and creative clientele. Their first work, The Tools transcends the typical self-help genre because of its paradigm-changing material, the credibility of its authors, and the instant appeal and empowerment of its message.

PHIL STUTZ graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City College in New York and received his MD from New York University. He worked as a prison psychiatrist on Rikers Island and then in private practice in New York before moving his practice in Los Angeles in 1982.  BARRY MICHELS has a BA from Harvard, a law degree from University of California,...
Title:The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence, And CreativityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 0.61 inPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307360938

ISBN - 13:9780307360939

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read This book sets five, clear "tools" people can use towards ending bad habits and moving forward in their lives. The author is a lawyer-turned-therapist, and the co-author is a psychiatrist. The first 4 tools make good sense and are great. My only worry is about the 5th tool. There's a chance it may trigger anxiety for those who do have anxiety. Also, the book is not written for people with depression. It is meant for the average person who doesn't struggle with mental illness (mind you, depression and anxiety are so common these days). Nevertheless, I'd recommend the book. It's worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative Simple, easy tools that if practiced will help improve our lives. Found this book at the library!!!
Date published: 2017-01-22

Editorial Reviews

“Every single thing I’ve written of any power or merit came through using the tools Barry taught me. Usually counterintuitive, sometimes dangerous, they only changed my life.” —Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award–winning writer of Traffic and writer/director of Syriana “Barry Michels and Phil Stutz are profoundly talented guides to the inner workings of the psyche. The Tools is breakthrough material that ignites your own capacity to transform your life.” —Marianne Williamson “These tools are emotional game changers; they can help you work through conflicts, get happier, and feel a deep sense of purpose. As simple and practical as they are, they do nothing less than deliver you to your best and most powerful self.” —Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness