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“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart.”


I am a licensed psychologist, author, and yoga and meditation teacher. I work with children as young as 5 to adults of any age. I view our work as walking the path together to assist you on your journey toward wholeness. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, parenting difficulties, chronic stress, life transitions or the effects of trauma, we will collaborate to determine a personalized approach to our work together.
Some of the modalities I blend include insight-oriented therapy to deepen self-understanding, mindfulness practices to cultivate awareness and compassion, cognitive-behavioral interventions for symptom relief, and mind-body medicine for regulating the nervous system. With specialized training in yoga and meditation, I enjoy interweaving Western clinical psychology with Eastern wisdom traditions, including movement and mindfulness-based practices for a holistic, strengths based, mind-body approach to health and well being.
A perpetual student with “Beginner’s Mind,” I constantly seek additional trainings to enrich and complement my work as a psychologist. With a particular interest in the mind-body connection, I have 300+ hours of adult and children’s yoga teacher trainings as well as Integrative Restoration┬«/Yoga Nidra, Mindful Schools, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Reiki and Mind-Body Medicine. I offer these practices in workshops, psychotherapy groups, and community settings as well as in individual psychotherapy.

I also enjoy deepening my knowledge of additional psychotherapy modalities, such as play therapy, art therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trauma-focused therapy and culturally sensitive therapy.

Visiting Feelings 

The American Psychological Association published my children’s book, Visiting Feelings. 
The book won the Mom’s Choice Gold award and the Nautilus Silver award. Please visit Visiting Feelings on Facebook, where I regularly post on mindfulness for children.
  • In Practice Since:  1994
  • Education: Tufts University; Northwestern University;  Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • License No. and State: 03276 Maryland


  • Sliding Scale: Limited slots available
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, check, credit cards
  • Insurance: Out of Network

Additional Credentials

  •  Yoga Alliance: Registered yoga teacher (RYT) and children’s yoga teacher (RCYT)
  •  Integrative Restoration Institute: Level II iRest Yoga Nidra Meditation
  •  Mindful Schools: Foundations; Difficult Emotions
  •  Trauma-Informed yoga trainings with Justice Resource Institute, Street Yoga, Yoga Activist
  • Usui Reiki Level I
  • Center for Mind-Body Medicine training


My office is at 4405 East-West Highway in Bethesda, MD. We are two blocks from the Metro and the building has free parking.

Call or  email Lauren Rubenstein for a free phone consultation now at 301-928-9606


Magination Press Children’s Books

Integrative Restoration

Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Mindful Schools