About Dr. Rubin

Nikki Rubin, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist (CA PSY30047; NY 019595) specializing in evidence-based therapies. She received her Bachelor of Arts from UCSD in Literature/Writing, where she also completed Minors in Human Development and Spanish Literature. Dr. Rubin earned both a Master of Arts in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. During this time she began her training in 3rd wave CBT at Harbor-UCLA under the supervision and mentorship of Lynn McFarr, Ph.D. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in CBT at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York under the direction of Robert Leahy, Ph.D. where she was subsequently hired as a senior staff psychologist, and served as the Co-Director of Clinical Training. Dr. Rubin began her own private practice in Manhattan in 2014 as part of a small community of clinicians in New York who specialize in 3rd wave CBT. She returned to her hometown of Los Angeles in 2018 to continue her work in providing high quality evidence-based psychological treatments for adolescents and adults.

Dr. Rubin is a full member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Rubin currently serves as a clinical supervisor within UCLA's clinical Ph.D. program. She previously served as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at Columbia University’s Teachers College where she helped lead a shift towards training and supervision in 3rd wave CBT in the historically psychoanalytically focused clinical doctoral program. She also previously worked as an adjunct professor providing instruction in 3rd wave CBT in the Psy.D. program at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. For more information, please view her Psychology Today profile here.

Dr. Rubin's Approach

Dr. Rubin believes in creating an open, safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate therapeutic environment that is informed by structure to help you make the changes necessary to build the life you want. She also believes in an equally kind and direct stylistic approach, coupled with a strong emphasis on collaboration. Dr. Rubin is highly committed to providing evidence-based treatments to help move you in the direction you wish to go.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Compassion Focused Therapy


Dialectical Behavior Therapy


Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy


Schema Focused Therapy


Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy


Dr. Rubin has received extensive training in both 2nd and 3rd wave cognitive behavioral therapies, and thus has significant expertise is providing individually tailored treatments that draw from these evidence-based approaches. Dr. Rubin has received formal training in traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Schema Focused Therapy (SFT), and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Her research during graduate school focused on adapting cognitive behavioral therapies for diverse populations (e.g. CBT for depressed men; DBT for Spanish-speaking Latino patients).