Psychotherapy Services

Dr. Rubin and her trainees specialize in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness-based 3rd wave cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT). As a historical and theoretical family of treatments, cognitive and behavioral therapies have been scientifically studied since the 1950s and have been demonstrated as very effective for a wide range of presenting problems. They are also time sensitive, meaning that we do not want you to be in therapy forever! ACT specifically aims to increase psychological flexibility and values-based effective behaviors that you can learn to apply across the ever-changing situations you may encounter as a person. ACT work intends to support you in building a life that is aligned with your values, even in the presence of pain, discomfort or struggle.

ACT emphasizes helping you to clarify, connect with, and act in alignment with your values, cultivate the ability to observe, experience, and accept what is, slow down behavioral responses, change how you interact with thoughts, emotions, urges, sensations, or situations, and regulate emotions. This work 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. We have 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