Carlos Vidales, Ph.D.

About Dr. Vidales

Dr. Carlos Vidales is a registered psychological associate with doctoral-level training in the treatment of substance use disorders, mood disorders, trauma, depression, and adjustment disorders among adult populations. Dr. Vidales has primarily worked with college-aged adults (18 – 30) experiencing transitional stress, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and identity concerns. He has also worked in community mental health, providing medication-assisted treatment to adults with severe substance use disorders living in rural and poverty-stricken communities.

Dr. Vidales’ approach to therapy primarily utilizes a person-centered/humanistic methodology to create a collaborative environment in which others feel validated, empowered, and in control of their journey. He also uses multicultural therapy and interpersonal process therapy to understand the cultural and systematic influences on our distress, as well as discover how the patterns learned in our families appear in other parts of our lives.

Areas of Expertise and Treatment Modalities


Dr. Vidales’ therapy treatment modalities include:

  • Individual & Couples Therapy for ages 17+
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Interpersonal Process Therapy
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Trauma-informed Therapy


Dr. Vidales earned his MA in Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the APA-accredited Counseling and Psychological Services at UC Santa Barbara. Throughout his doctoral training, Dr. Vidales sought training to provide effective treatment for substance use disorders. This led to his involvement in co-facilitating the development of the first collegiate recovery program at his doctoral institution.

Dr. Vidales is also an assistant professor in the psychology doctorate (PsyD) program at the University of La Verne. Dr. Vidales is an unlicensed psychologist completing his post-graduate hours toward licensure under the supervision of Dr. Aileen Garibyan (PSY22856), a clinical psychologist at the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine.