Dr. Joyce to Phil -- I'm With You, Bro

1/7/2008 1:37 PM PST
TMZ just spoke with the woman who practically invented TV pop psychology, Dr. Joyce Brothers, who says Dr. Phil acted appropriately.

Brothers said, "According to what I read, she did not ask Dr. Phil to come to her ... I'm not sure if that's so, but I don't know either one of them. Therapy is enormously helpful and important. If she can be helped by it, and Dr. Phil can get recognition for the importance of therapy, then a lot of good can come of it."

Dr. Phil has been slammed by a number of psychiatrists who told TMZ it was completely inappropriate for him to inject himself in Spears' medical crisis.