Dr. Mitchell S. Rubinstein, DO

Psychiatrist

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110-50 71st Road, Suite 1F, Forest Hills, NY, 11375

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I can help people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, panic, as well as other psychiatric problems (including Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, memory problems etc.) Women’s psychiatry is of special interest to me. When and how should a pregnant or nursing mother consider taking psychiatric medication? Psychiatric issues around infertility, abortion, adoption, menopause, and female cancers are other areas encompassed by women’s psychiatry. My practice is diverse, serving people of all ages and backgrounds. I often work together with non medical psychotherapists to provide medication, as appropriate, for their clients.

Only a qualified psychiatrist can offer you a comprehensive evaluation including medical, psychological,and lifestyle considerations. A treatment plan can then be customized to your individual needs. Psychotherapy and/or psychopharmacology (medication) are available. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are unique among other physicians in our holistic approach to patient care.

At this time I am the only psychiatrist in Queens who is doing computerized cognitive testing (for memory problems) in the office. My Forest Hills office is located just steps from the 71st/Continental subway station (E, F, M, R lines), and 2 blocks from the Long Island Railroad.

Graduated University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (Biddeford, Maine).

Postgraduate Education at Maimonides Medical Center (Brooklyn, New York).

Special interests include:

Psychopharmacology (medication)
Psychotherapy
Women’s Psychiatry
Anxiety Disorders
Depression
Bipolar Disorder
Psychiatric care of the medically ill
Schizophrenia
Sexual Dysfunction
Anger Management
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Worst Doctor ever. Talked about himself the whole time. He didn't even ask anything about me! He doesn't even know what I do for a living!

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I am very pleased with my experience visiting Dr. Rubinstein. He was very friendly and understanding. I highly recommend him to all.

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It was the worst 15 minutes I've ever spentaken in a "professional setting." Dr. Rubinstein is simply awful at what he does, he is a complete Ahole. I would never In a million years recommend my worse enemy to see him.

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I think the doctor might be good! I also think everyone is entitled to a bad day.

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Needs to understand the developmentally chalenged individuals

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Save your time and trouble. Total hack. Convinced that my intake of 2 cups of coffee a day is causing my problems and not the ACTUAL depression that I was attempting to seek help for. Told me that he didn't think he could prescribe me medication for my depression on the off-chance that I might ever become pregnant because I'm a woman of reproductive age. So because I'm a woman of reproductive age I don't qualify for mental health care? He talked at me and asked zero questions about how I got to the point that led me to his office or even anything about me at all. I walked out.

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I sadly was late to my appointment so I did not have much time with him (probably 20 min). he was a huge turn off for me and I've been to other psychotherapists so at this point I know how an intake appointment works which wasn't like that at all. the dr rambled on and on about irrelevant subjects and went off on tangents like how cocaine used to be in Coca Cola (????). also picked up a phone call during my appointment from his personal cell phone and explained to me what happened. also some moments he would just awkwardly stare at me as I was waiting for him to ask questions relevant to my mental illnesses. I barely talked about the reason why I was there (long battle of depression and anxiety). almost cried in the office for god knows why... probably just felt very uncomfortable and disappointed. he though I was lying about my drug use when I was being honest, and when asked about my love life, said that reading self help books and articles would do me no good since I can't have a relationship with a book. however, since I started reading self help books and articles, my quality of life has significantly changed as I learned very important psychological tools. when I was leaving he made a comment saying that the person on the phone sounded "ghetto" which turned me off and solidified my decision to not come back. the only upside was that I was seen right away, however, I won't be waisting my time with him again. although my insurance covers him, it makes me upset that insurance money was wasted on him.

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He was really awful and pretty much wasted my time. He not only wasted my time but he has his clock set for 7 minutes ahead. So much for your 45 minute appt. He was really rude and unrprofessional. Definately would not recommend him.

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Bedside manner may not be appropriate for all but I loved his frankness.

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He was very nice , polite and kind. We had a good talk he seems like he cares about his patients. I would definitely recommend.

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The "man" is a pig. A soulless, uncaring, pig. He made mocking derogatory comments about my mental health and my life situation. He was rude, sarcastic, and obnoxious. I left his office hysterically crying feeling worse then when I entered. NEVER SEE THIS "MAN"

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He was talking more than me, the patient. Although he had good insight. It would have been nice to hear from the patient me. Not a good experience AT All

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The worstl experiance EVER!! The doctor said me that I live too far to be his patient (just like this!), despite its up to me, and it's not really far... He asked me how did I get his office, I told that I took Uber. Also he said that my insurance is not good for him, that it's better try to find somebody around my house even tough they don't take my insurance, I can just pay and save up money that I am going to use to get his office!! This is terrible! He completely forgot what Doctor should do, thinks only about money.

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Perfect easy to talk to

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I went in for a consultation and nothing for my health was accomplished because he brags about himself or goes off on tangents about the health care system. When I try to explain my health concerns, he is so rude and immediately goes back to trying to sell himself to me as a Dr. It's easy to get an appointment and now I see why. Don't waste your time.

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Made a good connection. Felt comfortable speaking to him.

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Receptionist was very impersonable , rude and has no social skills.. The doctor was. Also rude and. Of no help. The only good thing was the wait time because it was short but that could be because of the hospitality. No patients

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I shouldn't be excited to come home because I have a bad review that I just NEED to write but that's precisely how I felt after I saw Dr. Rubenstein. When I managed to miraculously find parking I thought to myself "it's a good day already" but little did I know how wrong I was. I've read bad reviews before but thought I'd give him a shot and boy, what a waste of my time and my emotion. There was no wait time because who would be waiting? This particular doctor has apparently seen so much abuse in the medical field that he spent a good fifteen minutes feeling the need to educate me on how doctors "prostitute their prescription pad." There's absolutely no reason for me to feel like I have to testify my case when he, himself, was able to pull up the documentation of my entire pharmacological history, which indicates a healthy and consistent regimen. I made the mistake of waiting until the last minute to get a new prescription for my medication and unless I take it, I get terrible withdrawal symptoms. I want to stop taking the medication but can't abruptly and I needed something to hold me over until I saw my usual doctor to further discuss gradually reducing my dose. Usually I pay out of pocket for a doctor that has helped me tremendously but due to lack of funds I was hoping to find a doctor that my insurance covered that could be of help in the meantime. I don't know how I overcame the desire to cry. I felt so defeated, like an injustice had been done. I shouldn't be made to feel like a drug addict for requesting a prescription to be written for me, by a doctor who has specifically studied psychiatry, when the medication I take has been under the supervision of a reputable doctor for months. The doctor was sure to tell me of countless stories in which people tried to abuse the law. He told me how the health industry was getting worse and yet the worst thing that I've witnessed, personally, was how his cynicism left him with a jaded attitude and the inability to hear out the genuine and concerning needs of a patient. As I walked out and thought of the withdrawal symptoms that I cannot imagine experiencing again, I told him "It's difficult being in this situation because the withdrawal symptoms are just so bad." He turned to me to respond "The withdrawal symptoms aren't that bad. Kids come off ADHD mediation in the summer all the time, they don't get any withdrawal symptoms." I wonder how sure he is of that.

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Dr. Rubenstein very clearly cares alot about his patients, having high moral standards. He is very accommodating and reasonable with his treatment procedures.

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By far and away the worst Doctor I have ever seen. I didn't think that all the prior bad reviews could be true but it was all accurate. He is a rude, arrogant, incompetent Doctor. I would not recommend him to anyone.

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Horrible bedside manner for someone who claims to be a mental health professional. I left his office in tears and full of anxiety.

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I'm not sure exactly what happened - he read through my patient history and was rude from the onset. Baffled by how condescending he was, I asked him what sort of relationship he wanted to build. He reminded me of two things: "You are not my patient, just someone looking for treatment (huh?)" and I don't need to treat anyone that I don't want to. Ok DOC. 0 stars for you.

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My initial session with him was fine. He talked a lot overall, I was not complaining. The session was ok. Now, to the second session. I waited for maybe 10 minutes because he was with another patient. I didn't mind that. What concerned me in this session was the fact that he insulted my intelligence due to the fact that I mentioned I looked at reviews on the medication he prescribed. He went on a rampage about the Internet and inmates from prison could write a review. What upset me the most was that he did not allow me to finish my response, the purpose was to thank him for prescribing me the medication. Then he took another two minutes critiquing the type of coffee I drink. And the insinuated that I was not aware of my diagnosis and it could just be the type of coffee I drink and suggested I switch to McDonald's coffee. I had to remove myself before my anxiety got worst. The WORST experience ever.

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Very professional and listens. I’ll continue to seek his services.

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Fantastic doctor. He is very honest, which makes it easy for the patient to determine whether or not he is the right person to see. I am glad I found Dr. Rubenstein through ZocDoc!

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Would certainly not recommend him. He spent an hour talking about how he wanted to get to get to know me well and see me once a week, and when I said it was simply not possible because I live too far away, he advised me to see someone in Manhattan. He did however give me his personal phone number and insist that I call him if I ever needed anything or found myself short on medication. I was very dismayed when I did finally call 6 weeks later, only to be told very rudely that he had no recollection of who I was and could not simply treat strangers over the phone.

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Marginalized my feelings and showed zero empathy for my personal predicament. As I was describing my lack of mental energy and lack of focus he quickly responded by saying "its really not that bad", SHOWING me not a thread of concern, or an ability to relate to my plight. He listened to me mostly with his eyes closed and only when HE had something to say did he open his eyes and look at me directly.

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I booked a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein to see what can be done in regards to my diagnosis. Our first appointment was only a consultation so I was not expecting anything else other than setting up a game plan. The following appointments have been satisfactory. Dr. Rubinstein really listens to your experiences and concerns and is always able to offer some kind of suggestion or treatment option. He is a little unconventional but overall he seems to be a good doctor once you establish a patient-doctor relationship with him.

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Literally came out of there more lost and sad than I was before I seeked out help. I don't know why this guy became a psychiatrist if he isn't able to ADAPT to all of his different clients. Just goes to show that you are there for HIS own (financial) benefit, NOT the other way around.

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Highly insensitive and unprofessional. Example: He referred to being depressed as "luxuriating in self pity."

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a consummate professional with high ethical and clinical standards

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He seems like the sounds of his own voice... Kept on making comparisons and parallels to my situation rather than Just listening and helping.

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I saw this doctor in September 2015. My experience was probably the worst experience I've ever had with a healthcare professional in my entire life. When I saw him I was off of my medication bc I was trying to conceive and wanted to try managing without taking any medication that could be dangerous. I was in emotional turmoil suffering from sever panic attacks, obsessive compulsive thoughts, and depression. I could barely function and desperately needed to get back on my meds. My regular psychiatrist had stopped taking my insurance so I used zocdoc and found this doctor. He had availability right away which upon reflecting, was my first red flag. I have waited several months to post this review because I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt because I was suffering so badly I thought maybe my perception of his care and medical capabilities were altered. I have since seen a magnificent doctor who has helped me tremendously and I pay for him out of pocket because I have learned that sometimes you cannot put a price tag on your well being. However, this is no excuse to be forced with horrendous care when you have eligible insurance. This doctor was pompous, erratic with ramblings that had nothing to do with my needs as a patient (for example as I was there in tears and distressed, he talked about his love for cheesecake). He never listened to my concerns and went off on tangents about absolute nonsense. He loves to hear himself talk! He tried to tell me that it was all in my head and that I didn't need my medication. I was stunned. I have been diagnosed with panic disorder, depression and OCD by 2 prior psychiatrists since I was 18. I am currently 33. He doesn't even know me and he's making a decision like that... Unbelievable. I literally left in tears and told him straight out that we were not a good fit and that he was not at all helpful to me. PLEASE do not waste precious time and suffering seeing this doctor. PLEASE know that there is much better help and care out there. I have never written a negative review on a doctor, but this review was so warranted. Be well.

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I feel as though he enjoyed listening to himself talk.

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Unlike most psychiatrists, he takes time to talk to his patients and wants to build a rapport. Don't expect a five minute in and out visit. He takes your concerns into account and also any records you bring from previous doctors. He is upfront about how he works so you can decide if he is a good fit.

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Worst doctor I've ever been to. Saw me for 5minutes and told me he couldn't help me because he was going on vacation, I even brought my past records for him to review them and he was completely uninterested in helping me. Meanwhile I suffer from severe depression and anxiety. He was more concerned about his vacation then his patient which was me. I'll never go back or recommend him to anyone I know

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I completely disagree with the negative reviews. With me, Dr. Rubinstein has never been anything but compassionate and understanding.

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Awful Doctor (if you can even call him that). Took my husband here. If you're suicidal, don't go to him... Basically says to "suck it up, that there are people out there suffering from starvation in 3rd world countries."

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Very attentive and friendly! An honest and straightforward doctor, which I really appreciate.

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HORRIBLE! I'm a Dental Assistant and came in my scrubs so the Doctor asked what I did for a living. After I told him all he spoke about is how he needs Dental Implants and how expensive they are? After about 30 minutes of him talking about himself I asked if he can help me with my situation and he said NO!