Dr. Phil McGraw
Host, Dr. Phil, Psychologist & NY Times Best-selling AuthorBook This Speaker
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Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the leader in daytime talk, Dr. Phil. Launched in 2002, Dr. Phil provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history… Read more
- Get Real
Through his many books and his daily syndicated television talk show, Dr. Phil McGraw has galvanized millions of people to get real about their own behavior. As a speaker, Dr. Phil is able to present and discuss everything from the major front-page stories to the latest in pop culture to the most recent social trends that seem to be changing the way all of us live. In his entertaining, dead-on style, he can share his opinions about the country's most prominent newsmakers and celebrities. He can talk about ordinary Americans who suddenly find themselves in the spotlight. He can even talk about himself and, yes, his own foibles. Above all, Dr. Phil always challenges his audience, pushing them to discover what they have to do to move confidently forward. Through humor, satire, straight talk and old-fashioned insight, Dr. Phil's keynote address provides a large dose of sensibility for those trying to make sense of their lives.
- Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters
Some people spend their lives reacting to what life hands them, while others craft life to fit their goals. Dr. McGraw who is a psychologist but describes himself as a strategist, is determined to make sure that his audience members are the creators of their lives, not created by their lives. By accepting that you are personally accountable for every element of your life, McGraw says, you can erase the negative "epidemic behaviors" (found in all of American society: denial, false assumptions, inertia, deceptive masking) in your life and reach your goals. Presented in a tough-love, sometimes cantankerous tone, this speech is not for those looking to explore their inner child or visualize away negative energy. No, this is pull-yourself-up-by-the- bootstraps advice from someone who's done just that.
- Self Matters: Creating Your Life from the Inside Out
What if there is a You that has never seen the light of day, has never got to say, "Hey, what about me?" What if there is a You that you have never even met and certainly never permitted to just be, without fear of judgment or condemnation? What if you live your life on the sidelines in constant fear of failing to please those who forever seem to stand in judgment of you and your life? What if you discovered that you had settled for what life has served up instead of what you really wanted and needed? What if you really think and feel things you have never allowed to come out, and certainly never acted on? What if your marriage is not at all what you really emotionally want and need, but you silently stay the course anyway, selling out your hope to be happy? What if you are allowing days to turn into weeks and weeks to turn into months and months to turn into years, all adding up to a lifetime of being what some nameless, faceless world has assigned you to be? If any of these "What ifs" are true in your life, then you need to listen to Dr. Phil. First, he will have some bad news, and he will have some good news. The bad news is you are making the choices that have put you in this life circumstance; the good news is you are making the choices that have put you in this life circumstance. Now is the time to make the biggest choice of your life. Through Self Matters, Dr. Phil will help you do just that.
Dr. Phil McGraw, perhaps the most well-known mental health professional in the world, is the host of the leader in daytime talk, Dr. Phil. Launched in 2002, Dr. Phil provides the most comprehensive forum on mental health issues in the history of television. For twelve years, Dr. McGraw has used the Dr. Phil platform to make psychology accessible and understandable to the general public by addressing important personal and social issues. Using his top-rated show as a teaching tool, he takes aim at the critical issues of our time, including the “silent epidemics” of bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence, depression, child abuse, suicide, and various forms of severe mental illness.
Dr. McGraw uses the power of television to tell compelling stories about real people with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, stripping away the shame and embarrassment that often keep people from seeking help. Many viewers, for the first time in their lives, develop an understanding of problems experienced by their families and themselves and, in the comfort of their homes, experience the hope and possibility of change. With a strong commitment to research and the assistance of leading scholars and behavioral scientists, Dr. McGraw educates viewers about state-of-the-art and evidence-based treatment options for many of the most challenging problems faced by individuals, couples, and families. His unique dedication to families and children is legend to the millions of people around the world who watch his show and read his books.
Dr. McGraw’s work was recognized by the American Psychological Association in 2006, as they honored him with a presidential citation. Over the years, the Dr. Phil show has received 27 Emmy nominations and won 5 PRISM Awards, for the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse and addiction, as well as the MADD Media Award. In addition, The Alliance for Women in Media, sponsors of the Gracie Award, named after Gracie Allen, has honored Dr. Phil four times.
In addition to creating more than 2,000 hours of national television devoted to helping people create better lives and families, Dr. McGraw is the author of seven #1 New York Times bestsellers, published in 39 languages with over 33 million copies in print. Because of his broad education, training, and experience in the field of psychology, and his unique ability to effectively communicate in common sense language, Dr. McGraw is frequently called upon for his expert opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets including TODAY, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and Anderson Cooper 360.
In 2003, Dr. McGraw established The Dr. Phil Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization funding many worthy projects benefitting disadvantaged children and families. In addition to his work with the Dr. Phil Foundation, Dr. McGraw is a frequent supporter of many charitable organizations, including the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. Dr. McGraw and his wife, Robin, have devoted countless hours promoting their recruitment project that generated an increase of 100 million dollars of volunteer services in just one year. Additionally, he frequently supports disaster relief and was quick to volunteer his services in post-Katrina New Orleans and in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The Dr. Phil Foundation is another tool in McGraw’s arsenal to fight problems that cripple our society in subtle but undeniable ways.
Dr. McGraw earned a B.A. from Midwestern State University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas, which was followed by a year of post doctoral training in Forensic Psychology at The Wilmington Institute. Dr. McGraw was a licensed psychologist in the State of Texas and practiced clinical psychology where he developed a multimodal treatment protocol for chronic pain patients. With his training and interest in forensic psychology, Dr. McGraw founded CSI (Courtroom Sciences, Inc.), a consulting firm specializing in litigation strategies performing a wide variety of forensic activities. After 25 years he retired from practice as a licensed psychologist to devote full time to his educational media platform.
An avid tennis player, golfer, and scuba diver, Dr. McGraw lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Robin. The couple, married for 38 years, is totally devote to its family, which includes sons Jay and Jordan, and Jay’s wife, Erica. Jay and Erica welcomed their second child, London Phillip, in August 2011. Big sister Avery Elizabeth was born in March, 2010.