Welcome to
The Tools

The Tools® is a dynamic, results-oriented set of practices that aim to unleash your full potential. These easy-to-use techniques transform everyday challenges—big and small—into opportunities to bring about bold and dramatic change in your life.

For years, psychotherapists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels taught The Tools to an exclusive patient base. Now, through books, online resources, and live events, their revolutionary, empowering practices are available to anyone anywhere who is interested in realizing all that is possible in their life.

The Latest

Explore articles, interviews, videos, podcasts, and more from Barry Michels and Phil Stutz and learn how to make The Tools a part of your life.



No matter what the addiction, Phil suggests a tendency for magical thinking is at the root of the problem.


Embrace Your Shadow & Boost Your Confidence

Barry explains why welcoming your shadow—not getting rid of it—is the key to confidence. 

The Books

In The Tools, Barry Michels and Phil Stutz revolutionized the world of personal growth and self-actualization by offering doable, dynamic actions that transformed challenges into opportunities for change. In Coming Alive, they take us even higher via four tools that tap into the Life Force that resides within each of us—a wellspring of positive energy that is the source of creativity, renewal, confidence, and engagement.