If anything, this should've been a clue that Dr. Phil is an opportunistic, idiotic bag of douche:
"In 1989, McGraw was sanctioned by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists for an ethical violation involving a 19-year-old patient and employee...Due to the sanctions, McGraw was unable to practice psychology independently."
He appeared on Oprah's show in '95. This catapulted his "career" (I doubt it should be called career considering he can't technically practice psychology) to such a degree that TV audiences are now exposed to his half-*** assertions and hypocritical condemnations five days a week. Ugh.