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Phil barge into her life Saturday when he showed up at her room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as she was about to be discharged

by Poppy Durgin (2019-08-03)


Although Dr. Phil, whose full name is Phillip McGraw, announced Monday he is shelving plans for 부산출장안마 a show on Spears' latest breakdown, some in the mental health community say just showing up at her hospital room last week was going too far.

Spears, who seemed to have enough trouble already, saw Dr. Phil barge into her life Saturday when he showed up at her room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as she was about to be discharged. She had been taken there Thursday after an hours-long standoff with police that was triggered by her ongoing custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline.

On Friday a court commissioner gave Federline full custody of sons, 1-year-old Jayden James and 2-year-old Sean Preston.

Dr. Phil said he was invited to the hospital by Spears' family.

In a statement posted on his Web site Monday, Dr. Phil said he had hoped to film a show this week that might help other families facing the same troubles as Spears.

That's assuming, of course, they have been in and out of rehab in recent months, arrived in public in short skirts and no underwear, shaved their heads bald, ran over a photographer's foot, banged up a car in a parking lot and left without notifying the owner, and attacked another car with an umbrella.

"Because the Spears situation is too intense at this time, and out of consideration to the family, I have made the decision not to move forward with the taping," he said on his Web site. He didn't say whether he planned to do a show later, and a spokeswoman for the show declined to elaborate.

"Certainly I think it's a good idea to stop that show dead," said Dr. Richard Harding, professor of neuropsychiatry at the University of South Carolina. "This isn't the time to be exploiting anybody and making examples out of anybody."

USC sociologist Julie Albright, an expert in family therapy, agreed with Harding that while Dr. Phil's sometimes bellicose approach can be helpful under the right circumstances, Spears is in perhaps too fragile an emotional state for it.

"It looks as though her behavior has been unraveling for some time now. Frankly, it's reached a point of being pretty frightening," she said.

"People may have thought it was entertaining or funny, but really it's a cry for help, and I hope people around her will respond and get her the help she needs," Albright said.

Also, Albright said, the tough-love therapy that Dr. Phil practices is really only the first of many steps therapists must take to change destructive behavior. What's more, she said, it really only works when the recipient is receptive.

"It's hard to do therapy or intervention in a half-hour or one hour-spot," she said. "They have these longer interventions that they follow up with. That's where important change will occur, not necessarily in the one-hour sound bite of a show."

Still, at least one pop psychologist couldn't fault Dr. Phil for trying.

"I'm sure Dr. Phil does not want to exploit her. He has all this experience in helping people get over problems," said Dr. Joyce Brothers, who herself has been dispensing psychological advice to TV viewers for more than 30 years.

But Brothers, who like Dr. Phil has a Ph.D in psychology, acknowledged that key for any therapist is getting the person to listen to them.

"He has a lot to offer," Brothers said of Dr. Phil. "But only to the person who wants it."

By John Rogers