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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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31.

Felonious Monk    

my wife is a psychotherapist, she would have lost her license to practice for doing what he did. he's a fake, like other fakes.. "dr." laura.....etc...

F.M.

2450 days ago
32.

OMG    

Britwreck, this is nothing new to anyone. I don't really believe Dr. Phil revealed anything. Brit is just TROUBLE.

2450 days ago
33.

how dumb    

I work a lot dealing with medical privacy laws, and I was SHOCKED when "Dr." Phil made his press release about Brit's medical condition. I don't know much about Phil, but I thought that was wholly unethical. I hope he gets busted for it. Plus, you know he did it for his own TV show.... not cuz he cares so much about Britney Spears.

Isn't his television show, then, practicing without a license? I've never seen it..

2450 days ago
34.

Barbara    

Anyone who works in the field of psychology - we are SOOOOOtightly controlled by HIPPA regulations, it amazes me that he thought he could do this. You do not have to be licensed to fall under this. He deserves an ass whoopin' for what he did. I would rather see one hour of cartoons rather than have his show on.

2450 days ago
35.

achtung_baby_6428    

Dammit, I'm such a n00b. And yah, I would go along with Stern on that one, even though he's not the most normal person either. Jeebus, in other fields you'd get your ass handed to you for practicing without a license. Here we have a nut who is not only practicing without a license, but he's doing it on TV! Hmmm, how about for the next act, we let little children be pharmacists, better yet, let's have O.J. teach life saving classes.

2450 days ago
36.

CK    

Number 12... I HAVE ISLAMIC FRIENDS AND THEY ARE WONDERFUL.... I ADORE THEM. IT'S MORE ABOUT HER MOVING TO AN ISLAMIC NATION. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING AGAINST THE RELIGION.... IF SHE CONVERTS, SHE IS HATED BY SO MANY RADICAL ISLAMICS THAT SHE WILL SURELY DIE. THEY WANT HER DEAD NOW. NOTHING AGAINST ISLAM AT ALL. SHOULD NOT HAVE COME OUT THAT WAY.

2450 days ago
37.

Shaylee    

Yay! Bout Time! Lock him up and throw away the key!! While you are at it lock Britney up too! Maybe Tom Cruise can take over for Dr. Phil!

2450 days ago
38.

what a hoot    

Now someone - or rather lots of people - need to call immigration and report Adnan. It's illegal to marry someone just to stay in the country. Clearly that's what he and AzLynn did. That'd get him away from Britney!

2450 days ago
39.

Ellen    

I don't know why people continue to embarrass themselves on his show. It's all for his ratings. He always manages to make the people look like losers. He doesn't care about them. It's sad.

2450 days ago
40.

Tom    

The hospital committed a huge HIPPA violation by allowing Dr. Phil up to see Brit; unless Brit was declared incompetent (which seems unlikely as she was in the process of being released) the only people who can visit her or be provided information about her care and condition are medical professionals on staff or people authorized by her. If some charge nurse or intern was too star struck to tell Dr. Phil to get lost, he or she should be out on his or her ass yesterday.

2450 days ago
41.

April Fouels    

this post will burn a hole in the screens at TMZ by 5pm est......

2450 days ago
42.

C    

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


you know you can't just go pick up an order to commit someone against their will at target. as crazy as brit is, she's an adult and dosn't have to consent to being medically treated for an illness.

2450 days ago
43.

a-lo    

Jesus. Judge Judy should handle this one. It's TV, for chrissake.

2450 days ago
44.

Seriously    

Oh, this just gets gooder and gooder.

2450 days ago
45.

Monroe    

I don't like Dr. Phil. But he is not a doctor. So he didn't not breach in patient/doctor confidentiality laws. Please read. Dr. Phil is not a licensed doctor. Britney is not his patient. So how did he break any laws? Dr. Phil never said he was treating her. He just said he visited her and explained what he saw. He only said what we all knew. Yes, it was tacky that he went to discuss her mental state to a celebrity news program at the same time promoting his show. But how has he coMmitted a crime? How has he breached any ethical laws of a profession he DOES NOT BELONG TOO?

2450 days ago
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