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Life and Relationship Coach Anthony Haskins

Meet Anthony Haskins: a journey from small-town Oklahoma to the influential realm of the Dr. Phil show.

Anthony Haskins. Photo by Charlie Neuenschwander.

Anthony Haskins, a life and relationship coach who worked on the Dr. Phil show for over 20 years, grew up with his single mom and sister in Jones, Oklahoma. He remembers that he felt anxious and shy most of the time. He had a speech impediment to overcome. And when he was 14 years old, his older sister, Mandy, hit a spot of black ice on the road and veered into a ravine; she lay in the hospital in a coma for almost six months. 

Sitting with his sister one day, he realized that he was also trapped inside his own mind and body, but while she did not have a choice at that time, he did. He discovered the courage that day to start doing positive things to face his life and anxieties. 

Anthony Haskins. Photo by Charlie Neuenschwander.

Haskins, now living in Edmond with his wife and two daughters, brings what he learned from his own struggles to help his clients with stress management, relationships and recovery. “I was away from my home state for over 20 years. Bringing my family back here a few years ago was one of the most meaningful things I’ve done in my adult life,” he said.

Haskins received his bachelor’s degree at OSU in 2001. “I was born and raised in Oklahoma, went to Oklahoma State for my undergrad, then went to Dallas and got my law degree from Southern Methodist University in 2004. From there I went on to work with Dr. Phil. 

Anthony Haskins. Photo by Charlie Neuenschwander.

“When I started working on the Dr. Phil show in 2004, he had just started appearing on Oprah every Tuesday. After I graduated law school, he asked me to be his Resources Director. We set up an advisory board made up of the top minds and experts in neurology, mind-body medicine, sociology and psychology from top universities around the country. Our board included a network of experts in different areas of mental health and medicine.” 

Haskins had the honor of sitting with and learning from these experts for almost two decades. “Very early on, I got passionate about mental health and the ability to break through your family history and break patterns, and to create the life you wanted. And I was experiencing all these things myself — I always say that I am my primary client.”

Anthony Haskins. Photo by Charlie Neuenschwander.

After each Dr. Phil episode was over, Haskins did exit counseling and crisis intervention with the guests. “They started taping what I was doing at the end of the show. I started my own private practice in California. I also conducted teaching and training for inpatient clinicians and helped to install research- and evidence-based therapeutic interventions at inpatient health and addiction treatment centers around the country.” 

Haskins is working on his first book, Mental Health Strategies, and plans to have it published and available to the public sometime in 2024. “I have been doing research for almost seven years. I want to make sure that I am promoting evidence-based research that can work for all of us.”

Anthony Haskins. Photo by Charlie Neuenschwander.

He continued, “I believe that it is possible to rewrite the story of your family history; facilitate changes in how you live, all the way down to the genetic level. My life has taken me on a journey that I never could have planned out or orchestrated on my own. I’m just a small-town kid from Oklahoma. It is such a rich experience to watch people overcome themselves.”

For more information, visit: and to check out Anthony’s online course. 

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