Is Dr. V A Licensed Doctor? Tamra Barney Says She’s Not


After a rumble between Dr. V from LA Shrinks and Real Housewives of Orange County Star Tamra Barney on Watch What Happens Live, Tamra and some of her fans took to Twitter to point out that after calling some of the women on RHOC bullies, Dr. V isn’t even a licensed doctor!

“So according to Bravo Dr V is not a licensed shrink. Makes you wonder?” Tamra tweeted after appearing on WWHL.


We decided to set the record straight. According to Wikipedia, ‘Dr. Nicolino has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She lives in a Bel Air home with her husband Matthew and their two sons, ages 3 and 5. Dr. Nicolino also has permanent guardianship of her two nephews, ages 5 and 7.

However, as licensed marriage and family therapist Dr. Vonda Lozano has pointed out, Dr. Nicolino is not actually licensed to practice in California as a therapist, and the title of the show is a misnomer as the term “shrink” normally refers to a psychiatrist. Lozano also noted that she reported her concerns about Nicolino’s license status to her own licensing board, the Board of Behavioral Sciences, which responded that the Board of Psychology was following up. (Both Boards are housed in the same building, the Sacramento headquarters of the California Department of Consumer Affairs.) Nicolino was licensed in April 2005 as a “psychological assistant,” a designation given to psychologists in training, but the license was terminated at her request in February 2009.”

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