Bruce  Rubenstein

Bruce Rubenstein

Psychiatrist, MD
New York, New Jersey Accepting Online
Updated February 5, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • ADHD
  • Adolescent mental health

Professional statement

Dr. Rubenstein's treats adults and adolescents 14+ with psychotherapy, medication management or a combination of the two. Patients who seek medication treatment usually present with mood instability, depression, anxiety/panic, OCD, PTSD or ADHD. Psychotherapeutic issues can be described generally as the dissonance between who an individual wants to be, and who they are today.

Over the more than 25 years in practice, Dr. Rubenstein employs a wide range of therapeutic approaches and interventions, sometimes described as "eclectic therapy." The approach is dynamic and individually tailored to the specific problem. The treatment goal is to open up a a new "door," previously either unseen or deemed "locked," through which the patient can then pass and then have a myriad of new options towards growth.

Dr. Rubenstein received his B.A. at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed post-baccalaureate studies at Columbia University. He attended medical school at New York University School of Medicine and graduated with a degree conferred with honors. After his internship at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, he then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at New York University Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident.

He has worked as a senior attending physician in diverse practice settings and has been a Clinical Assistant Professor at Columbia University, New York University and Upstate Medical University. He has collaborated academically with the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia and Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands.

The practice is entirely via telemedicine for individuals who live anywhere in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Initial appointments occur within one week in English, Spanish, Hebrew or French. It is a SELF-PAY practice - INSURANCE IS NOT ACCEPTED). Patients with Medicare or Medicaid cannot be seen. Conditions appropriate and not appropriate for telemedicine will be explained in the phone screening session.

Message to clients

Every psychotherapy, whether it involves talking, medications or a combination of both, must begin with a clear sense of who an individual wants to be, or what defines that individual's core essence. Everything proceeds from this starting point in a process that is constantly reassessing the difference between that "ideal self" and where one is in the moment. This contrast assures that there will be constant movement forwards in the therapy. Of course one invariably seeks help at a moment of acute distress, but emerging from a place of discontent or suffering offers a unique opportunity at transformation and it is our goal to take full advantage of that opportunity.

By far the most powerful agency we possess is the ability to choose our life's path. Our thoughts and emotions can be fleeting and unreliable but they can also erode the confidence in our ability to make the choices that serve us well. A therapeutic process must restore the preeminence of your choices to allow you to craft the life that deep down, you always knew you were meant to lead.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Mood disorders - Depression, dysthymia (mild depression), bipolar disorder, hormone-related mood issues, i.e. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and postpartum depression, adjustment disorder with depression

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation


  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Bruce Rubenstein is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $325 (45min)
  • Initial session: $350 (50min)
  • Medication management sessions: $140 (15min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
Therapist's note

No insurance accepted. Patients with Medicare and Medicaid cannot be seen in the practice.


Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7AM-3PM
  • Tue 7AM-3PM
  • Wed 7AM-3PM
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 7AM-3PM

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 7AM-3PM
  • Tue 7AM-3PM
  • Wed 7AM-3PM
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun 7AM-3PM

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 31 years

Private practice, Psychiatric Private Practice, 1994 - Present
Frederick Hospital, Senior Attending Physician, 2020 - 2020
Halifax Hospital (Adult), HBS (Child/Adolescent), Senior Attending Physician, 2019 - 2020
Raritan Bay Hospital, Senior Attending Physician, 2018 - 2019
Bassett Hospital, Senior Attending Physician, 2016 - 2018
NYU Medical Center, Attending Physician, Director Outpatient Services, 1994 - 2010

New York University Medical Center, Chief Resident, 1994
New York University Medical Center, Resident in Psychiatry, 1993
New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, Internship, 1991


New York: 187377

New Jersey: 25MA09951800

Florida: ME142614