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Psychology Board

Investigates Dr. Phil

1/16/2008 5:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a copy of a complaint against Dr. Phil which was lodged with the California Board of Psychology, alleging the TV doc was illegally practicing without a license when he paid a visit to one Britney Spears.
















We've learned the person who filed the complaint is a psychologist. Dr. Phil has never been licensed to practice in California, and he retired his Texas license in 2006.

The shrink believes when Dr. Phil visited Brit in the hospital earlier this month, he was practicing psychology. A "Dr. Phil" honcho told TMZ the visit was never meant to lure Britney onto the TV show -- and that there were never plans to put her on the air.

A Psychology Board rep told TMZ if the Board finds the complaint credible, it would be referred to the D.A. for review. Practicing without a license is a felony in California.

The psychologist who filed the complaint also alleges Dr. Phil violated HIPAA laws by "discussing or divulging a patient's medical condition ... with the media," in reference to a press release issued by Dr. Phil.

The complaint also says, "A petition is being circulated to remove the "Dr. Phil" show from the air." We're told the shrink is trying to get other psychologists to sign.

As for the Dr. Phil show's response -- no immediate comment.
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Skip    

I've been watching Dr. Phil for years and have come up with a theory that he uses his show as a self-serving forum to plug his older son's book, his younger son's "rock band" and Robin's advice giving skills. I don't understand why he believes his family can't succeed on their own, without riding on his coat-tails; it's both insulting and I would think embarassing for them. The rest of his show is a diversion intended to create an illusion that he's there to "help" people. I have sympathy for the handful of desperate people out there that feel the only way to get help is by airing their dirty laundry on national TV and asking an entertainer, not a licensed therapist to help them. The only reason I watch his show is because IT IS like watching a train wreck.

2459 days ago
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Sasha    

What does that really mean that the board investigate him? Nothing! Does anyone know what went on FIRSTHAND? If you really admitted and/or knew what went on with everyday so-called psychologists/psychiatrists you sing a different tune. I KNOW. A lot are in it for money and don't care about helpless patients. It's just because Dr. Phil is in the public eye and people are so jealous and angry and can't wait to tear someone down. That will never change. Why say personal things about Robin and Dr. Phil that has NOTHING to do with this. Why say things about PAST occurrences that have NOTHING to do with this and probably nobody on these boards really knows anything about. The only positive energy I can add is, LIGHT entities don't pay attention to these dark sheep. Don't go on these boards to absorb the negative energy. Give your positive energy elsewhere. It's fine if you do not agree with Dr. Phil's actions, but to be hypocritical is another story. I know I will not change peoples' minds, as I know a lot of people with a negative energy, cannot be changed, so I reiterate, please, light entities spread your positive energy elsewhere, and don't let the hate of these boards penetrate you. Peace to all!

2456 days ago
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Sasha    

NO NO NO #391, anyone from any school knows what goes on in the medical field on a daily basis. Are you from the school of heaven? Why ask what's wrong with you to #392? Just that sentence alone tells me not to take you seriously. I'm with #392.

2456 days ago
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Sasha    

And what I mean by a daily basis is the so-called professional psychiatrists and psychologists. Get a grip and admit Dr. Phil is small potatoes to what some practicing ones do to helpless patients on a daily basis. Put your positive energy elsewhere and stop the hate.

2456 days ago
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WhiteFox    

Nice one thanks the for the good info!!!!!!!

2454 days ago
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sam    

Thanks for the news

2396 days ago
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Judy Clarke    

Would all of you people stop being so judgemental about a man who very well may be in the limelight, but his intention was to help Britney. I feel so sorry for the woman, who became a child star and never knew how to live in this world as an ordinary person. When she fell pregnant her life did a turn around and everyone is milking her for everything they can get from her. Dr Phil has fame, seeing Brittney wouldnt increase his popularity for goodness sake. He didnt charge her, he didnt consult, he was visiting and offering friendship. Back off and stop issuing sentences and judgements. If you dont like him, dont watch him equally, if you dont like Brittney, dont read the news about her. Another group on the bandwagon are the reporters. Most of her mental trauma is due to sensationalism and attempts for down and outs to make money off her and its costing her, her life. Doctor Phil doesnt deserve this either.

2389 days ago
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Marina Lobo    

Dr Phil is a vary big personality!!II've learned so much with is programs!!!Just remember noone is perfect and we all can mistake.

2439 days ago
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achtung_baby_6428    

first? Perhaps?

2475 days ago
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sherricheu    

This is a surprise because?????????????????

2475 days ago
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John    

Good. As Howard Stern said on Letterman last week, "Put Phil in a straight jacket and lock him up!"

2475 days ago
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CK    

LYNNE SPEARS! GET A COURT ORDER TO HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER COMMITTED AGAINST HER WILL NOW!!!!!!

If she converts to Islam and goes anywhere near an Islamic country, she is doomed.

If it’s true that she really feels that Adnan is the only person who understands her, this is text book “woman taken under control of an abuser.” She will not be able to get out of this relationship herself.

This is bad. This woman needs medical attention IMMEDIATELY. Can someone get her away from him? Her parents need to get a court order to have her committed against her will. She is a danger to herself. If she survives this, and she gets the help she needs to become sane, the sane version will not be able to cope with her actions and how she lost her kids.

It is clear that time is running out for this girl. We are watching this girl die.

2475 days ago
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Boxy Roxy    

Great. I can't stand this self-important, ego maniac azz.

2475 days ago
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blablabla    

YES! YES! YES!
TOLDJA! TOLDJA! TOLDJA!
Now we just need the HARPO SMACKDOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BURN IN HELL PHIL, YOU CHARLATAN!!!!!!!!!!
BURN IN HELL PHIL, YOU CHARLATAN!!!!!!!!!!
BURN IN HELL PHIL, YOU CHARLATAN!!!!!!!!!!

2475 days ago
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Christine    

Why are we just now seeing that Dr. Phil is nothing but a big bald balloon of hot air? I can't even believe people volunteer to make asses of themselves on his crap show.

2475 days ago
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