Yesterday it was reported that a complaint was filed against Dr. Phil for practicing psychology during his hospital visit to Brit Brit without a California license. Dr. Phil retired his Texas license in ’06 and doesn’t have a Cali license, allegedly. However, the complaint may just be lots of hype.
Though the California Board of Psychology is compelled to investigate all complaints, this one might not have much ground. According to state regulators, McGraw would have had to practice psychology in the legal sense, which is clearly defined in Section 2903 of the California Business and Professions Code:”The practice of psychology is defined as rendering or offering to render for a fee … any psychological service involving the application of psychological principles, methods and procedures … [such as] the methods and procedures of interviewing, counseling, psychotherapy, behavior modification and hypnosis.”
McGraw’s account of his visit with Spears, at the behest of her parents, doesn’t address whether he did anything more than he usually does on his show ï¿½” which is to try to get people to “get real.” When McGraw’s TV show, “Dr. Phil,” started airing in 2002, the California Board of Psychology convened a panel to decide if he was acting as a clinical psychologist and in need of a license. They determined that what he was “practicing” was entertainment, not psychology, and passed on regulating him.
I really used to like Dr. Phil, so maybe I have a soft spot for his bald spot. The attention whore has been dethroned and his embarrassment has taught him a memorable lesson. It’s time to leave his fat, weight loss specialist ass alone now.