Dr. Valdez specializes in offering mental health and substance use services to families and individuals of all ages. Dr. Valdez has many years of experience working with families and individuals who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders in various settings, from a private practice in Pasadena, CA to psychiatric hospitals. Affectionately known as “Dr. Phil,” he comes to The Discovery House where he is our Global Clinical Director. He favors evidence-based practices in treatment, and is a strength-based, person-centered, humanistic provider. “My mentor, the late Dr. David Murphy gave me the best advice: Never give up on anybody and always remember to have fun”. This is the philosophy I attempt to function with in my everyday life.