The Tools

Author:  Phil Stuzz, Barry Michels  
Publisher:  Random House
Pages:  288
Genre:  Self Help
Source:  BEA

Goodreads:      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 longterm.
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.

Ope’s Opinion:  This is not my usual genre.  It was a nice change of read.  You should read it, take what helps you from it and leave the rest.  It is definitely a different perspective on therapy.  There were good examples of people who the therapists helped.  Parts of the book were interesting and parts drug on and lost my attention.  

Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.


                                                FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
                                   I received one copy of this book free of charge from BEA. 
                       I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the
                              book; rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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