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Dr. Phil McGraw

Television Psychologist

Dr. Phil McGraw has galvanized millions of people to "get real" about their own behavior and create more positive lives. On his daily, one-hour TV show, Dr. Phil, he meets with guests to help solve their problems by stripping away their emotional clutter and providing them with the tools they need to move confidently ahead in their lives.

Dr. Phil is also the author of six #1 New York Times best sellers, which include Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters; Relationship Rescue: A Seven-Step Strategy for Reconnecting with Your Partner; and Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out. His latest book, Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life, gives readers a solid plan for how to cope with crisis in their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

Awards and Credentials

  1. Ph.D., North Texas State University, Clinical Psychology

Recommended Reading List

  • Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life. McGraw, P. (2009). Free Press.
  • Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out. McGraw, P. (2003). Free Press.
  • Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family. McGraw, P. (2005). Free Press.

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