Meet Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, JD, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist in Bethesda, MD

Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, JD, PsyD

Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, JD, PsyD is a licensed psychologist, author, and yoga and meditation teacher specializing in child psychology with children as young as 5 years old to adults of any age. Conveniently located in Bethesda, MD, Dr. Rubenstein, JD, PsyD views her work as walking the path together to assist you on your journey toward wholesomeness. 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 treatment for our work together.

Some of the modalities we 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, we interweave 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.

Our Philosophy

As a perpetual student with a “Beginner’s Mind,” I constantly seek additional trainings to enrich and complement my work as a psychologist. 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. 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.


Other Qualifications

Visiting Feelings: Teaching Children About Understanding Their Emotions

Visiting Feelings by Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, JD, PsyD

Learning how to process feelings is a skill every child deserves. Many adults are still working on the ability to experience a feeling, engage with it, explore where it lives in the body – all while knowing it is there for a visit but will not take up permanent residence. Published by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, JD, PsyD believes her book Visiting Feelings can help children learn to appreciate that strong feelings can occur and they are just part of their experience, not their whole experience. This can help us meet any situation or set of feelings with greater equanimity.

Visiting Feelings has won the Mom’s Choice Gold award and the Nautilus Silver award. Please visit Visiting Feelings on Facebook, where we regularly post helpful tips on mindfulness for children. Learn more about Visiting Feelings and get your own copy today!