Yoga ~ Therapy ~ Mindfulness for a Calm Heart
Dr. Lauren Rubenstein, a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, has been working with children, adolescents and adults for 20 years. Her approach to psychotherapy is eclectic, ranging from behavioral interventions for rapid change to psychodynamic/insight-oriented therapy for deeper understanding. When appropriate, she integrates mind-body practices into psychotherapy. Special interests include parenting, post-partum depression, play therapy, and stress management.
Dr. Rubenstein’s diverse background includes a BA from Tufts University, a law degree from Northwestern University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with children and adolescents at Kingsbury Day School, Accotink Academy, the National Family Resiliency Center, Wm B Zuckerman & Associates, Ruth Spodak & Associates, and RICA-Rockville. Dr. Rubenstein also trains school faculty in brief mindfulness techniques for the classroom.
Dr. Rubenstein is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She teaches at The Maddux School as well as several area yoga studios and health clubs. She has taught toddlers, high school students and athletic teams, homeless children in D.C., children in summer camps, tween girls in the GirlsUp! Program, and the psychiatric staff at George Washington University Hospital’s inpatient psychiatry unit. Last summer she travelled to Haiti with YogaKids Bridge of Diamonds Foundation to teach children living in tent cities. Integrating her clinical background and yoga training, Dr. Rubenstein teaches specialized yoga for anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, and habit disorders, and integrates social-emotional learning into children's yoga. Her yoga and therapy practices nourish each other, enhancing her attunement, empathy and wisdom.
Dr. Rubenstein believes that yoga helps students of all ages how to connect to their bodies and find a state of balance, both on and off the mat. While yoga poses help kids develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and confidence, she also incorporates breath work, mindful eating, non-competitive games and cooperative partner activities into her classes. Teaching kids how to find their inner calm gives them a skill they can use throughout their lifetime.
4828B West Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
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