Psychotherapy Services

Psychotherapy Services

Dr. Rubin specializes in mindfulness-based 3rd wave cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), with a primary emphasis in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As a historical and theoretical family of treatments, CBT has been scientifically studied since the 1950s and has been demonstrated as very effective for a wide range of presenting problems. CBT is also time sensitive, meaning that Dr. Rubin does not want her patients to be in therapy forever! Mindfulness-based 3rd wave CBT aims to increase psychological flexibility and improve your ability to behaviorally adapt to the ever changing situations you may encounter as a person. These can be learned by cultivating the ability to observe and experience the world as it is, distinguish judgments from reality, label and regulate emotions, slow down behavioral responses, change how you interact with thoughts, emotions, urges, sensations, or situations, and clarify and act in alignment with your own values. CBT promotes increasing values-based effective behaviors that you can learn to flexibly apply across different contexts. CBT is not about becoming a perfect robot who never struggles. Instead, it helps you become better equipped to skillfully navigate the ups and downs of being a human. Dr. Rubin has expertise in helping individuals with the following:

  • Anxiety and mood disorders, such as OCD and depression
  • Anxiety and mood symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Struggles with shame and/or guilt
  • Difficulties with self-esteem and negative self-judgment
  • Relationship difficulties, including struggles related to dating
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Family conflict and parenting issues
  • Life transitions, such as graduating from college and empty nest
  • Difficulty with attention, organization, or executive functioning, including ADHD
  • Chronic pain and medical issues, including infertility
  • Perfectionism and procrastination
  • Grief and loss
  • Emotional eating
  • Academic difficulties and career development issues
  • Experiences of oppression and/or racism
  • Experiences of heterosexism and/or transphobia
  • Exploration of sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Experiences relating to acculturation or identity