Her mom, Charmaine, is concerned. "I want Lia to go to college," she says. "She's throwing her life away." Charmaine says Lia has become "increasingly rude" and she's worried about the negative impact it has on her other children. "Lia has disrupted the entire household. I'd like to kick her out," says Charmaine. "I want her to give a damn. She makes me sick."
"Shaking my booty," Lia says, matter-of-factly.
"Are you a stripper?" Dr. Phil asks.
"I'm a dancer," she replies.
"Do you leave the stage with fewer clothes than you walked up there with?" Dr. Phil clarifies.
"OK, I'm a stripper, all right," says Lia
"And you think it's OK because you're making money?" Dr. Phil asks.
"No, this is actually very temporary. This is where the money's at," says Lia.
"I go numb," says Lia. "You have to ... I don't like getting naked though. That's just what they want. If I had my choice, I'd leave my clothes on the whole time."
Dr. Phil asks Lia about her father, whom she says was very overprotective. "Have you grieved the loss of your father?"
"Yeah. I still do. It hurts," she says.
Charmaine admits that she probably doesn't know the whole truth about her daughter, but she knows that Lia hasn't taken the time to get to the bottom of her feelings. "A lot of this is about the anger and how disrespectful she has become," says Charmaine.
Lia agrees. "I'm a total bitch. I'm very disrespectful to my mom." When Dr. Phil questions why, she says, "Because she irritates the sh** out of me. She's always on my a**."
"Oh, yeah," agrees Lia, who admits she puts on an act that she's happy. "I don't really get deep into my dad's death because I go crazy ... It's hard to go there." Lia also admits that she uses drugs and alcohol to escape reality.
Dr. Phil tells Charmaine, "My dad used to say, 'For every rat you see, there's 50 you don't.' What she's telling you is, 'I'm smoking dope, drinking and stripping.' That's what she's telling you ... I don't believe that's the whole story."
He turns to Lia: "I, too, worry about your safety ... This business of stripping and clubs — all of this stuff — is a very dangerous business. And there are very dangerous people in that."
Lia clarifies that she only strips at parties, not clubs, and that a bouncer comes with her.
Lia disagrees. "Nobody can touch me," she says.
"They don't have to touch you to demean you. It's live pornography," Dr. Phil tells her.
He asks Lia if she would consider seeing a therapist if he arranged for one.
"Yes, I will," Lia agrees.
"You can examine some of these issues for yourself and it may change your opinion," says Dr. Phil.
"Thank you," says Charmaine. "That sounds excellent."