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Dr. Paul Valbuena, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry •  Male

  
Dr. Valbuena

Valley Hospital Psychiatry

3550 E Pinchot Ave Phoenix, AZ 85018
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Dr. Paul Valbuena, MD is a child & adolescent psychiatry specialist in Phoenix, AZ. He specializes in child & adolescent psychiatry.


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Dr. Valbuena accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. Valbuena's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Valbuena treats Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence) more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Valbuena treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Drug and Alcohol Dependence
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Valbuena treats Drug and Alcohol Dependence more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Valbuena treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Valbuena treats Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Valbuena treats this condition more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Valbuena's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence
  • Anorexia
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Combination Drug Dependence
  • Confusion
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Dissociative, Conversion, and Factitious Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Homicidal Ideation
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Amphetamine or Related Acting Sympathomimetic Abuse
  • Nondependent Antidepressant Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Hallucinogen Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Nondependent Opioid Abuse
  • Nondependent Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobia
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychogenic Disorders (incl. Psychogenic Pain)
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Dependence
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Tobacco Use Disorder

Dr. Valbuena's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Valbuena

2.6

Based on 56 reviews

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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Dr. Valbuena is to the point and doesn't waste yours nor his valuable time in beating around the bush!! He's gotta help too many of us for that!! The questions he asks aren't pulled out of a hat...they are designed to EVALUATE YOU... And what he does works.... Sure... Upon first encounter i thought he was NUTS and didn't know anything about ME when after a pretty short evaluation, he actually diagnosed ME with SEVERE DEPRESSION!!?? I was like the happiest go lucky person you could ever meet!! OMG... he's gonna try to empty my wallet! I was VERY VERY WRONG.... Dr. Valbuena was the FIRST doctor who knew what he was seeing and hearing when so many others including myself had no idea about. LITERALLY, THIS MAN HELPED TO SAVE MY LIFE!!! So...see & say what you want.... But I'm a living walking talking miracle because of his knowledge and care...he can do NO wrong by me!!
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Dr Valbuena is not a good good doctor. He is just peddling BioTe hormone implants. I went to him since my insurance said he was in-network. However he uses an out-of-network lab and doesn't disclose this. He freely admitted he didn't even read my file and then proceeded to claim my testosterone was extremely low (my gyno looked at the same blood results and said I was right in the middle of normal). He then tried to push the BioTe implant even claiming I could even stop my bipolar meds!
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Dr. Valbuena saw me in a psych ward 5 yrs ago. I was acutely suicidal. In the month I was there, I met with Dr. Val almost EVERY day. My suicidal ideation, which I had for 13 YEARS, was gone after being stabilized by him, even after being treated by 5 other psychiatrists previously. I find most of them sort of creepy, cold or unsympathetic. I have never felt this from Dr. Val (and I've been around) I've had some front desk issues with scheduling, but I believe this Dr. literally saved my life.
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Had an appointment scheduled with the Doctor today first visit. I get there and he's not even at the office, they have me see his P.A. That's not who i made the appointment with. Very bad place.
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Anyone can be a doctor, but, it takes ethics and a sincere interest for wanting to help people, to be a great doctor. During my interactions with Dr. Valbueno, he lacked ethics and sincerity for his patients..
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The front office is horrible. I did not see the doctor, but scheduling and getting someone to answer the phone is extremely difficult. I attempted to call prior to my appointment to confirm the time; no call back from them. I left 4 messages. When I finally spoke with someone, they said I missed my appointment. I asked if I should reschedule or look for another doctor - she said to look for another doctor! Front office is a reflection of the doctors, so I do not recommend this pract
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Angie,the receptionist at the office is very incompetent. She will not pick up the phone till it rings several times and is busy checking her cell phone even when patients are waiting. She got confused about billing and just blamed her office staff!!
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I have been seeing Dr. Valbuena many years and would not trust anyone else with my mental health. He is extremely knowledgeable and will explain your condition to you thoroughly and understandably. He also considers all your conditions/issues and all options when prescribing drugs. He provides individualized care and is without a doubt one of the kindest, most caring doctors I've ever seen. His staff is also friendly and helpful. This is a physician worthy of your trust.
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Dr. Valbuena is a first class psychiatrist. I have been a patient of his for over 8 years and can not thank him enough for the transformation in my mood and general demeanor that he has facilitated. Dr. Valbuena has a keen understanding of pharmaceuticals and their affect on patients; he is able to adjust dosage and treatment to maximize the outcome. I highly recommend him.
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Dr. Valbuena was extremely helpful in getting me through a tough period in my life....he is an excellent psychiatrist with a world of knowledge...a kind, considerate and compassionate.
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Biography

Dr. Paul Valbuena, MD is a child & adolescent psychiatry specialist in Phoenix, AZ. He specializes in child & adolescent psychiatry.

Specialties

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Awards