Over the years, Dr. Phil has helped countless people change their lives, though he often says the real work begins after his guests leave the show. Here are some past guests who’ve made steps toward positive change in their lives.
Scott and Carolin sought help from Dr. Phil because they didn’t know how to control their 12-year-old son, Nathanael. They said he choked them, broke windows in their home and stabbed knives into the kitchen counter. They were afraid he would hurt or kill someone in the family.
Travis and his family sought help from Dr. Phil after Travis was severely injured in the Mojave Desert truck racing accident, where eight people died. Travis’ daughter was also injured, and his son witnessed the gruesome scene. The family was unsure of how to move past their ordeal. Dr. Phil advised them on how to cope with trauma.
Jessica and Kevin sought help from Dr. Phil because they couldn’t agree on what was best for their autistic son, to the point of nearly destroying their marriage. Dr. Phil helped ease the tension.
Keith and Carmen sought help from Dr. Phil because they were in an on-again/off-again relationship for 20 years and were considering marriage for the third time. Dr. Phil let them know what they needed to do before making it a three-peat.
Jessica sought help from Dr. Phil because she had struggled with weight her entire life and couldn’t handle hating herself anymore. Dr. Phil gave her the wake-up call she needed.
Don sought help from Dr. Phil because he felt guilty for all the pain he caused with his 25-year drug addiction. Dr. Phil helped him find peace.
Kelly sought help from Dr. Phil because she couldn’t get over feelings of anger and guilt after her father’s suicide. Dr. Phil helped her come to terms with her emotions and find closure.
Robert and Elizabeth sought help from Dr. Phil because Robert would keep his wife, Elizabeth, up all night with his loud snoring. Dr. Phil provided them with the resources for Robert to receive a corrective surgery.
Wade sought help from Dr. Phil because he considered his childhood a “horror story.” Dr. Phil helped Wade deal with the guilt, shame and anger over the abuse he endured and encouraged him to go back to a traumatic day in his childhood and forgive himself.
Melissa sought help from Dr. Phil because she felt guilt for the horrific actions of her father. Dr. Phil compelled her not to blame herself.
Angie and Ron sought help from Dr. Phil because Ron was drinking 30 to 40 beers a day, and his struggle with alcoholism was affecting their 2-year-old daughter. Dr. Phil pushed Ron to be a better role model for his child.
Rebecca sought help from Dr. Phil because she was worried about her mother-in-law, Lin’s, health. Lin wanted Rebecca to back off when it came to her weight. Dr. Phil told Rebecca it wasn’t her job to fix Lin and advised her to readjust her focus.
Jennifer and Ben sought help from Dr. Phil because they were constantly at battle. On top of everything, Ben’s mother, Jaime, moved in with them, bringing Jennifer to her breaking point. Dr. Phil told the couple what they needed to do to save their marriage.
Brandon’s family sought help from Dr. Phil because of Brandon’s drug addiction. They feared he would overdose and die. With Dr. Phil’s help, they staged an intervention.
Lisa and Scott sought help from Dr. Phil because they were engaged but on two different tracks. Lisa wanted security, but Scott wanted to be a rock star.
Maureen and her husband turned to Dr. Phil because they discovered their 14-year-old son, Sam, was using drugs. Dr. Phil got Sam to admit that he wouldn’t refuse the next hit, if given the opportunity. Would a short timeout away from home help him?
Nicole and Austin came to Dr. Phil because they were having a hard time with Austin’s ADD/ADHD. His school pushed for medication, but Nicole didn’t want a zombie for a son.
Allyson and James came to Dr. Phil for help surviving their financial downturn. The income from James’ barber shop had fallen, they had lost their home to foreclosure, and they were finding it difficult to pay their bills and support their four children.
Brad was consumed by a seemingly harmless addiction, video gaming. It took him to the brink of destruction, nearly costing him his marriage and sanity. He came to Dr. Phil to share his story.
Holly suffers from amnesia and another condition that has hindered her life dramatically. Holly came to see Dr. Phil to share how she’s able to move forward with her life. Dr. Phil offered Holly the resources to undergo treatment.
Laureen was having trouble with her out-of-control daughter, Shannon. The teen was stealing from her, nearly kicked out of school and almost thrown in jail. Dr. Phil put the mother and daughter through his parenting boot camp.