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Do you have a vision for your life but just can’t seem to make it happen? You can be the person you want to be, but there’s a catch. Your dreams don’t fulfill themselves, you have to fight for them. The fight is against the habits with which you sabotage yourself: anxiety, self-indulgence, insecurity, procrastination, and more. In each episode of Coming Alive, psychotherapists Barry Michels and Phil Stutz help you identify something that holds you back and arm you with actionable weapons to break free of it. They also talk to top Hollywood creatives and others who use these techniques to transform their lives. Armed with The Tools®, your life will blossom into everything it’s meant to be.

May 22, 2018

Barry and Phil dive deep into some of your questions in this episode of Ask the Shrinks! They cover:

  • The Field and the 4 laws necessary to access its power
  • What multiple personalities can teach us about the Shadow
  • How to use the Dissolving Thoughts tool to manage anxiety and runaway thinking


Mar 23, 2018

In this episode of Ask the Shrinks!: 

  • Is being in the flow or tapping the life force the same as the zone one gets into when doing something like playing a video game?
  • What to do about nightmares?
  • Is it bad to sometimes want a self-esteem boost from others?
  • How can I get my wife to use The Tools?
  • I have a relative with...


Jan 22, 2018

Barry and Phil get together again to answer your questions in this episode of Coming Alive. They cover some interesting territory this time, and you might be surprised by some of their answers. 

Want to submit a question for a future episode? You can do that here.

In this episode of Ask the Shrinks!: 

  • I’m not good at...


Dec 18, 2017

The always entertaining and often poetic Tommy Swerdlow is an actor and writer known for films like Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs. Most recently he directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the film A Thousand Junkies. Barry and Tommy have known each other for more than two decades. Their conversation covers a...


Dec 4, 2017

How does a Tools coach use the Tools for themselves? Find out in this discussion between Barry and Tools coach Allison White.

They explore:

  • Allison’s experience of Shadow work, including a discussion on the evil shadow
  • Allison’s challenges with debilitating hypochondria and how she uses Reversal of Desire...