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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:
Psychiatric care of the medically ill
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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.
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.
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.
Bedside manner may not be appropriate for all but I loved his frankness.
He was very nice , polite and kind. We had a good talk he seems like he cares about his patients. I would definitely recommend.
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"
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
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.
Perfect easy to talk to
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.
Made a good connection. Felt comfortable speaking to him.
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
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.
Dr. Rubenstein very clearly cares alot about his patients, having high moral standards. He is very accommodating and reasonable with his treatment procedures.
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.
Horrible bedside manner for someone who claims to be a mental health professional. I left his office in tears and full of anxiety.
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.
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.
Very professional and listens. I’ll continue to seek his services.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Highly insensitive and unprofessional. Example: He referred to being depressed as "luxuriating in self pity."
a consummate professional with high ethical and clinical standards
He seems like the sounds of his own voice... Kept on making comparisons and parallels to my situation rather than Just listening and helping.
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.
I feel as though he enjoyed listening to himself talk.
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.
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
I completely disagree with the negative reviews. With me, Dr. Rubinstein has never been anything but compassionate and understanding.
Very attentive and friendly! An honest and straightforward doctor, which I really appreciate.
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!
Dr. Rubinstein spent a lot of time speaking to me about his philosophy of psychiatry, but I never felt like he took an interest in actually getting to know me, or understanding why I had come to see him. He also spoke ad nauseam about the financial challenges of maintaining a practice in psychiatry and the need to see me on a weekly basis for those reasons, rather than anything related to my health-care needs. I felt especially uncomfortable when he discussed his "drug-seeking patients" and how he "boots them out" on a regular basis. It is also worth mentioning that my original appointment with him was cancelled very last minute, after I had already gotten on the subway!
I walked into the office and I could hear him screaming on the phone talking about a patient. He was saying that he doesn't baby his patients and I appreciated that until I saw him. He called me in and asked me to tell him about myself. I told him I was married with a two year old and that I am of Haitian decent. He then started going off about how he doesn't go vacation in haiti because there is too much poverty. There is poverty everywhere and I told him that the entire country of Haiti is not poor. Then, I told him that I was already diagnosed with anxiety and I have panick attacks. Instead of trying to figure out why I am having these issues, he started talking about medication. He said that if I meet a a guy and decide to have kids with him, then it limits the type of medication he could give me. I went there for help, not to get medication. And I told him I was married. Was he not listening? Then I told him that I have a hormonal condition caused by a neurological condition that will make it hard for me to get pregnant. He decided that my symptoms did not align with what he knew about the condition and he argued with me like he was my ob/gyn. Right before I left, he asked me if I noticed that Haitians have gaps between their teeth as if Haitians were a different species of humans. I just walked out after that insulting and ignorant remark and ended up having a little anxiety attack when I left. Lastly, exactly how much can you help a person in 30 minute sessions???
Terrible excuse for a healthcare professional
It is important to realize the difference between a DO and an MD before booking an appointment. I went into the appointment thinking I was meeting with another MD, and Dr. Rubinstein's approach did not line up with what I am used to. I did not fully get to express the story of how I came to see him, and we covered a wide range of topics that didn't necessarily correlate with the reason for my visit. I do understand that it takes multiple visits to truly get to the core of what is ailing someone, but I think the first visit should be more probing into what brought the patient to seek treatment. It was a tad difficult to get in a word, and my knowledge and personal experiences were quickly discredited. I felt at the beginning of my session I had to defend myself, each time I completed a full thought a key word was pulled out of context (for example "panic" and "anxiety") and he defined them to me, without helping me find the root of what I was trying to express. Recalling psychotic episodes and retelling them to someone is difficult for even the most articulate. Even at my most eloquent, I felt my story fell on deaf ears. I think Dr. Rubinstein means very well, but his style of treatment did not suit me.
Like many others, I was ambivalent about seeking psychiatric treatment. However, my doubts have been put to rest following the two appointments I have had with Dr. Rubinstein so far. Dr. Rubinstein makes a special effort to make his patients feel comfortable, and to assure them that the problems they face can be overcome. He refers to the relationship between he and his patients as a "project," and makes every collaborative effort necessary to complete it. In the case that he cannot help, he will be honest with you and gladly refer you elsewhere. The office is run smoothly and is a suitable and relaxed environment. Most importantly, overall the doctor is a great guy.
I was highly unsatisfied. He barely let me get a word in edgewise. He seemed very skeptical that anything was actually wrong with me and instead was more accusatory that I was a college kid trying to sell adderol to my classmates. By the end of the session he expressed the sentiment that he hopes I get the help I need, but seemed completely disinterested in being the one to provide that treatment. I certainly hope he is the exception and not the norm, because if this is standard then there is little hope for me to ever receive any treatment. I would not recommend seeing this man unless you have a well documented pinpoint diagnosis showing 10+ Years of successful medication treatment. Then and only then is this man likely to even consider helping you.
I called ahead of time to say I was running late. I was very late. NO PARKING either. Instead of him just telling me that I should book another appointment, because I was late, he was nasty. He had his eyes closed the entire time we spoke. Never looked me in the eye.
Rubinstein was very condescending and patronizing. He was awful. Stay away if you can.
Let's start with, he was late to every single one of my appointments. Rarely apologized. His appointments are 30minutes, not long enough for him to understand or care to understand your issues. And no, he did not kept me a few extra minutes to make up for his lateness. So sometimes my appointments were 15-20 minutes. Does not prescribe based your needs. He rambles on about his life, lost in nostalgia. I went in went major depressive disorder, anxiety, and severe insomnia. He choose to only treat my insomnia. Over the few months that I saw him, I was never asked questions about my depression. I left his office feeling shitty about myself most times. At one point he blatantly said he thought I was faking my depression. And he didn't see anything "wrong" with me. I didn't even make it home before I started crying. He has no regard for your feelings and doesn't care at all to try to get to the root of your problems. I regret wasting so much time (once a week for about 2-3 months) on him. The only thing I feel he cared about was getting my check at the end of each visit.
He was a real nice guy.
He spent the whole appointment talking, then wanted to see me every week to 'get to know me' before he would give me any prescriptions.
I've been seeing Dr. Rubinstein for a while. It is one of the healthiest relationships that I've ever had with a doctor. His approach to my condition was an ideal one for me and I am beyond grateful.
Dr. Rubinstein is a very good listener, and not afraid to tell it like it is. I have found his advice very useful.
An insightful and experience professional who has been very helpful in my process of resolving deeply rooted issues. He has a very professional and personable bedside manner and creates a very comfortable environment for the patient.
This Doctor is a piece of crap, to be nice! I visited him today for the first time and it was a waste of my time and money. We spoke for 30 min and said allow can offer me was a business card. Most of the 30 minutes were us sitting in the room in silent as he blankly stared at me which made me feel super awkward. The other times we weren't sitting in silence he was talking about money and explaining how much my insurance was paying him. Completely horrible experience from someone who found it from deep within to actually go see someone!!! Do not recommend this man.
This guy is a psychiatric dinosaur. He's not nothing short of an obese clown masquerading as a credible psychiatric practitioner.
Great doctor. I was very hesitant and anxious about taking any prescription drug. He clearly explained the benefits and side effects to me and put my mind at ease. He even told me to buy a pill cutter and use half of it if I'm anxious about taking it; even though he prescribed the lowest dose possible. He reassured me I would be fine on the dose prescribed, so I felt very comfortable.
He was rather condescending and cold. Didn't seem to want to help me at all, but was too cowardly to openly admit as much. Instead he hemmed and hawed ("I don't know" or "My office won't be open next week" etc.) and went on a long diatribe about how he won't sell out his license when all I wanted was help. He certainly didn't feel the sense of urgency that I felt, which is very disappointing when you're reaching out to a professional while in need. Would not recommend him to anyone.
First off this is not a quack! This doctor has saved my life. I at times did not listen to his INSTRICTIONS! after learning error of my ways this man who really is a doctor cured me from myself. I know there are a lot of quacks out there but Dr Rubinstein is the real deal. Dr. rubinstein is also a gentle and funny Dr. Just be advised he cares and will tell you the hard truth when needed. I left after a while and issues arrossed once more. Dr was willing to overlook my errors and brought me back to normal. I go entry think that the psychiatric field is not taken as serious as it should be and Dr. Rubinstein is a perfect example why a good Dr. Like himself is so important. I will continue going to this brilliant man as long as he is around which by the way I hope forever. Also the office is friendly and the staff is incredible. Thank you Doctor Rubinstein your a life saver.
Another excellent session.
Session today went great, always nice to know I can schedule my appointments with Dr. Rubenstein without worry and he is punctual unlike some others I have had experiences with. He was very responsive to my needs and understanding when I go in frustrated and angry but after we chat I leave with a smile and a good feeling in my heart because he truly cares about his patients. He answers any questions I have about the medications prescribed, and he even gives lifestyle tips to avoid overeating and oversleeping (which is great for me because I suffer from insomnia). Will definitely be seeing him more often!
He spends 90% of the time talking about himself and not really addressing my issues directly. After several sessions of this, I decided not to go back. If you don't have insurance, you will regret parting with your cash for him.
I thought Dr. Rubinstein was very helpful, knowledgeable , and honest. I learned a lot from some good advice during our session . I highly recommend this doctor !
Dr. Rubenstein is a great listener and he took time to explain the breakdown of medication, even showing you the book or the computer with the details. He is very cautious when prescribing and is always checking for drug interactions and effectiveness. He tries not to put you on any more meds than necessary. His also tries to get your family involved in your care and is very flexible when it comes to appointments. He has always been on time unless another patient is late. He even sat with me and together as a team we wrote my letter for bariatric surgery, and his concern for me was appreciated as he wanted me to know all the risks of the surgery and what other options were out there. I often have to bring my children with me due to the parking situation around his new office, but the secretary is very kind and patient with them, keeping them busy while I am in my session.
I was quite pleased with my visit. Dr Rubinstein is a knowledge professional who took the time to asses and diagnose. I was impressed that he didn't just rush to place me on my medicine. He listened and after a few visits he conservatively started me on the right medicine for my condition. I have never felt better. In today's day I feel Drs are so quick to prescribe medicine wo the proper necessary evaluation that is crucial. Dr Rubinstein has the integrity of an old school dr & his method has benefited me greatly. For the first time in a long time I feel better. His office is excellently managed and there is never a wait time. With just a one person staff his office is efficient and has a personal feel.
He is very professional, a good listener, and very understanding. Never have to wait long. I highly recommend Dr. Rubinstein.
Didn't do much. Didn't listen to my main story of why I was there and had some bad idea on how to help it out when I barley got to explain my story. He's a nice guy but didn't help me out and am not going to re book him because it seems like a waste of time with what he tries to do
Where do I begin? I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Rubinstein, whom I found through my network. I specifically wrote in the comments of my appointment that I am having bariatric surgery and needed a 1 day psych evaluation (which is a requirement). They confirmed the appointment and even called me the same day and asked me to come in earlier. After filling out paperwork, paying my copay, and waiting for the physician - I got a rude awakening when he read my paperwork and said "oh I have a personal bias against this surgery. I cant help you!" That would have been great to know BEFORE I left work and wasted my time when I could have seen someone else. He then tried to make it seem like I dont know how to work ZocDoc when I can do it with my eyes closed. He originally refused to refund my copay because "then he cant bill for my visit". Newsflash! He shouldnt bill for my visit anyway because he never rendered services and that would be considered billing fraud. Overall, he called me after I already left the office and refunded my copay. But at the end of it all I was EXTREMELY upset for having my time wasted for doing everything right.
As a transman (23 years of knowing I'm a female to male) needing a psychiatrist to write me a psychological evaluation for my OB-GYN to proceed with my hysterectomy I chose Dr. Mitchell S. Rubinstein because he seemed to be a decent choice. I found him on a gay friendly therapist site and saw he had special interest in treating women. It seemed he might be able to help me get the psych evaluation I needed. When I got to his office, only his secretary and him were there, after I filled out paper work he called me in. I explained why I was there at his office and to be very frank I left feeling hopeless, insulted and prejudiced upon. During the session I have to say the breakdown of talk was 50/50 with him talking a bit more than I did. He did tell me little stories about his other patients that weren't of any real relevance to why I was there. He even went as far to compare me to a Drag Queen, even though I am a female to male transgender. I feel that he was in a sense lacking knowledge on the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) community especially transgendered people. For the majority of the session he seemed pretty pleasant and even tempered, but when I mentioned that I wanted to eventually become a psychologist to help the GLBT community his attitude changed from pleasant to completely outright rude. Even more so to a point where he elevated his voice before storming out to make a copy of the referral I brought with me. Do note I was only there for the psych evaluation letter, which I'm sure he could've done for me had I not been transgender. I wasn't there for any medication or any other reason, I might've seen him again but I'm not willing to torment myself with someone who lacks knowledge in regards to my needs. At the end I would highly discourage anyone whose part of the GLBT community from paying a visit to Dr. Rubinstein because I feel he's not capable of handling a GLBT patient properly. To be even more frank I would only recommend him if you're a female who doesn't want to be on medication and enjoy your therapist talking about irrelevant things for over 50% of your session. I will not be returning and do heed some caution for those who want to go see him, please do extensive research on your needs and make sure he's capable of helping you.
This is the worst experience I've ever had !! He was rude and arrogant. He doesn't care about the patient at all ! When I walked out in the middle of the session he even said "well ima get paid anyway" he is disgusting and a disgrace to humanity. I believe in karma he will get his ! You don't treat People like this !
Not for me.
Doctor Rubinstein was a funny, laid back, honest doctor. I look forward to whats to come!
I got there earlier than my appointment due to the secretary saying I had to fill out some extra paper work. My appointment was with 35 minutes of my arrival and there was another client ahead of me. I waited 20 minutes beyond my set appointment time because he went over time with the client ahead of me; it took the secretary knocking twice before he emerged. I finally began my appointment and I feel like he's a very blunt doctor, he tells you all the things that you don't want to hear and it was awkward because he dominated most of the conversation. I didn't know what to talk about because when I would speak I felt like he was a tad judgemental; oh, May I add he shorted my appointment time because he went over with the other client and I felt rushed out. I mean I have another appointment with him to see if it was just because it was my first visit but if it stays the way it was then I'm not going to continue with him.
a phony fake and a fraud.he needs psychotherapy.spent whole session yapping about stupidity.coffe no good insurance companies no good internet stupid.not once did he ask me how I feel.hes only interested in himself stay far away.
My visit was horrible. The staff was rude. Dr. Rubinstein was very unprofessional. He told my wife that was there with me that she should plan my funeral... Gee doc.. Thanks for the help....
I first saw Dr. Rubinstein six months ago and it was an immensely satisfying encounter. i continue to see him on a regular basis and now, six months later, I can genuinely say that meeting him has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I've seen several people regarding my condition and sought help from other professionals, however, my relationship with Dr. Rubinstein is one of the few things that's brought me hope. I highly recommend that you schedule an appointment with this professional. You owe it to yourself!
great, very very very caring about you overall and took time to explain about your overall health.
It was good
Mitchell S. Rubinstein is highly recommended..my first initial visit was great..not only does he listens to you but the visit is a welcome and comfortable one,,.there is no writing on a tablet or you are talking and he's at his computer not really into what you are saying,,I just felt so heard and his feedback was awesome.. my second time was even better..wish I knew about him earlier
He's not bad, but not my type. I needed someone with a little bit of a softer approach to my anxiety. Also, everything anyone says about the caffeine thing is true.
So far, He's the only doctor that I have ever been displeased with. Prior to going to his office, I called his office and explained my reasons for seeing him, in which an appointment was made for me to come in. Once I arrived at the office, I was told to complete the paperwork and pay a co-pay in which I did. After waiting for about 20 minutes, Upon entering the doctor's office, I was told by the doctor that he doesn't specialize in dealing with the issues that I had, which was my only reason for coming all the way from Manhattan to Forest Hill Queens. ( Why I wasn't told this over the phone, prior to me arriving to his office?) It seems as if his main concern was to bill my Insurance for something that he didn't do. In closing, I could care less about the money that he received on my behalf but the Principal of the matter means a lot to me. I would NEVER recommend this doctor to anyone and my OPINION to ZocDoc is to remove this Doctor off their Website... There's other things that happen during my visit to his office but some things are better left unsaid...
I am seeing Dr Rubinstein for quite a while now I must say he is one of the best I have seen so far. I went in for a consult and he told me like it is if I want to get better I have to see him weekly and I continue to see him on a weekly bases. Dr Rubinstein help me a lot and I feel much better compare to the first day I walk into his office.
He was professional and courteous but straightforward and to the point. If you are looking for someone to sugar coat things he's the wrong doctor for you. But if you want someone who will be completely candid with you I would definitely recommend him.
Very caring about patient needs
I kept having panic attacks and anxiety attacks, and everyone at work told me I should see a psychiatrist to get them treated. A coworker told me that she takes Klonopin, so I walked into the office with that written on a piece of paper, expecting to walk out with it. Instead, Dr Rubinstein wanted to talk with me first. Many psychiatrists hand out prescriptions to shut people up and get them to leave, but Dr. Rubinstein took the time to get to know me, and is helping me work though issues which may be causing these attacks. In hindsight, I am very relieved that he used his trained expertise to decide what to prescribe when, and didn't prescribe me something based on what my friend takes. He did not recommend any drug for me without careful consideration. This makes me feel that I am getting a higher class of service than a walking prescription pad. He did not prescribe anything until he knew me well enough to choose the best thing for me.
Dr Rubinstein is a wonderful doctor.I will continue to see him. what I liked about Dr Rubinstein he did not throw medications at me he listens to me. I will recommend many more patients to him.
Dr. Rubinsten was completely unprofessional. He talked about other clients the whole visit. I went to him to get a second opinion about an ADHD diagnosis. He told me "If you are looking for a prescription you should hire Michael Jackson's former doctor- even though you probably can't afford him." What doctor says something like that??? I told him I'm not looking for meds (I was already given a script). I just wanted a second opinion & advice. He told me my problem was too much caffeine & stated I needed to keep a log of my caffeine intake & come back to him in a week. I told him I will try but it is very difficult to do something like this because of my possible ADD. He told me that if I can't follow his instructions not to come back. I'm seriously struggling to make it through each day & this man was cruel, insensitive, & obnoxious. I will never be returning nor would I ever recommend him. I left his office feeling 10x worse than when I went in.
I enjoy that he is straightforward and sincere. I also appreciate that he believes there is more to psychiatry than only medication. He is easy to talk to and an excellent listener.
One of the worst experiences I've had with a doctor. He has a strange combative demeanor and doesn't listen - instead repeating himself through the session. At one point I began to feel like I was the therapist and he the patient.
Every analogy this doctor made was somehow connected back to something sexual in nature. It made me feel uncomfortable,
I really like Dr Rubinstein he is a really good doctor.
Dr. Rubinstein was a pleasure to go see. He was very eager to try and relate. I didn't feel like I was talking to a stranger, you almost get the feeling like you've known him for a long time. Its the first time I've felt that kind of connection from a doctor. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for someone to talk to
I was searching for a professional in this field to aid me in accurately dealing with issues I have been experiencing and semi-dealing with for years. I had finally taken the plunge to move forward and face the issues head on. They always say you should get a second opinion.. Well I wouldn't even consider this a first. Please do yourself a favor and don't put yourself through a visit with him. Completely unprofessional, inappropriate and used a whole 30 minutes, yes that's all, to discuss things such as, how Starbucks is tricking us into thinking they actually selling decaffeinated coffee. I was completely baffled at what had gone on that I was speechless when he said, well time is up and I had barely had a chance to discuss anything regarding myself. He actually shooed me to the door and then had the nerve to say, I really think I can help you. Now that I have had time to really take in what had happened, I thought I had an obligation to share, so I can save others from completely wasting there time. Save your specialty copay for a real professional who actually wants to make a difference in peoples lives!
I really appreciate the work Dr Rubinstein is doing.He is really good and I will continue my treatment with him.
I think Mitchell Rubinstein was very helpful and honest. I would recommend him to anyone.
If you care about yourself and loved ones, please do not see this quack. He did absolutely nothing to help me and I find it hard to believe he is board certified. I explained my situation and he refused to help me unless I would see him every week because otherwise it doesn't pay enough for him. This is what he actually told me. I couldn't believe it. He was more worried about my insurance paying him and finding other patients to fill the gaps, instead of worry about helping me. He wanted to make sure he received as much insurance money as possible. He also still believes that lithium is the gold standard. He never wrote anything down, cut me off, rambled on and made wild assumptions about me which were way off. When I mentioned I am withdrawing from medication since running out a week ago he said, "Yikes!". When I said I thought about suicide and went into detail he said, "oo! Messy!". This is a doctor? This is how you talk to patients? The only advice he told me was that I need help. His main concern was that I give him a 5 star rating on ZocDoc and kept asking me questions about himself. Very weird, very unethical, poor tact and was a huge waste of time and I left worse than I was. Check his reviews also at yelp. Please look elsewhere.
My experience with doctor Rubinstein was great I really like him.
I feel robbed. Dr. Rubinstein spent the entire session speaking about himself or issues unrelated to my mental health. Not once could I get a question in or tell him any personal health details. I kept on trying to steer the discussion towards actionable items and tried asking "where do we go from here" but he simply ignored my questions and went on with his stories about his current patients, which is really distasteful and inappropriate, or belittling my former doctors. He claims to 'care' about his patients, but this is hard to believe. If he cared, he would ask questions. If he cared he wouldn't let me leave upset. If he cared, he would focus on building a relationship on trust. When leaving— or rather when he insisted i leave because our time was up, though I still didn't get a chance to ask any of my questions and was turned off by his awful bedside manner—I asked if the co-pay (which he makes you pay before the session) could be used towards my next visit since this session did not serve any medical purpose, did not attempt to reach a diagnosis, did not attempt to build a relationship nor did I have a chance to answer ask any of my questions he seemed madly offended. I left his office in worse condition than when I entered and a co-payment poorer. It saddens me that Dr. Rubinstein honestly believes he is serving his patients well when in reality many of them feel like a prisoner in his presence, baffled by his demeanor, and talked down to as if they were beneath him.
I am a patient of Dr Rubinstein for quite a while he is the most honest and caring doctor. I would recommend many more patient to him.
he talked the entire time, i couldnt get a word in. i had to put on my coat and walk out to get him to stop (and even then he stood in front of the door for another 5 minutes). he didnt ask me anything about myself. he just likes to her the sound of his own voice. i felt like a captive in his office.
If you want someone who will talk, not listen, and tell you how it is in his opinion he's the guy for you. I appreciate someone's opinion, not this guys, he asked for the reason i went to see him and he made an opinion of me without even listening to the whole story. He kept interrupting, and when your time is up he shows you the door. Not for me.
So nice! I instantly felt comfortable with him. Looking forward to seeing him again.
Dr Rubinstein is a great doctor. I would recommend many more patients to him...
I have 2 issues that I need to be addressed and managed ASAP: anxiety and (dangerous) sleepwalking. Dr. Rubinstein alotted only ~45 seconds for me to explain my concerns/issues initially and, after those brief seconds, would interrupt and then dismiss my attempts to provide any additional information. He merely focused on my intake form, primarily the section asking for an estimate of my daily caffeine consumption, and explained away the lack of help he could offer-- saying my issues sprout primarily from caffeine (I consume ~8 to 12 oz of caffeinated soda/day and almost never does it exceed the general max of 12 oz) with complete disregard of anything I discussed verbally; often rudely interrupting with "I'm going to say this to you for the 4th, 5th, 6th, etc time so far because you clearly don't understand what I'm saying," and would then explain away my issues by stating they are self-induced from my abnormal/excessive caffeine consumption. I then interrupted him and said I will never come back, refer a single person to him, pay a dime for any of his time, and would leave an honest and, what I believe to be, accurate retelling of my appointment events in hopes of deterring those who actually need help to seek help from him.
Not for anyone who wants hand holding a or rubber stamp. Dr. Rubinstein is serious and honest and will call you out on any mumbojumbo. If you are serious about getting to the point of the matter, he's your guy. He will be as honest with you as he demands you be with him.
Very professional doctor. Got a good feel from him right away. Would recommend to anyone.
really like this doctor..
Dr. Rubinstein's mode of counseling is refreshing and effective. Rather than simply telling you what to do, Dr. Rubinstein engages in a friendly dialogue with you, allowing you to unpack your issues as you discuss them. He frequently provides funny, real life anecdotes that you'll soon come to realize are actually parables for you to unwrap related to your present issues. Dr. Rubinstein is also prudently cautious about writing prescriptions, preferring to establish a good rapport with a patient and getting to know their needs and concerns long before pulling out his prescription pad.
Horrible doctor, forces a second appointment while not even telling you what is wrong in the first. He is very aggressive. I definitely do not recommend this doctor.
Seems like an honest man and cares about his patients
He talked much too much about completely irrelevant things!
This is my 4th time seeing Dr Rubinstein. He is a wonderful doctor I cant understand all these negative reviews. I will continue to see him because what ever he is doing is helping me.
He provided the advice and truth I needed to hear. Therefore, I did not need to see him again.
Save your insurance company the expense of the visit and you the expense of the copay- he is a complete and utter waste of time. I am amazed that he has a 4+ star rating here and I believe it's just that the wait time weighs in as much as the factors regarding his competence and therefore skews the results. I should have trusted yelp (all patients gave him 1 star on there, literally!) and saved my time. He speaks illy of his patients and those mentally ill- for instance saying he sees some real nut jobs and this is why he doesn't have a facebook. Why would this make a patient feel comfortable with him- hearing him speak about others? At one point he went to give me a high five and then told me, just kidding I don't ever make physical contact with patients. Um, what? I get if that's the policy but do you really resort to weird humiliation tactics such as that, and why try to get me to slap your hand in the first place? He tore down my former psychiatrist (who is the best there is and went to Georgetown!) and insisted I didn't have anxiety but that it was likely another problem and that he could offer me no present relief while I took other avenues to figure out if something else caused the frequent spells of anxiety I have since starting a new job and moving to a new state. He didn't believe me when I told him that I saw a doctor earlier in the year and my blood and everything came back healthy and normal, but insisted I revisit everything, claiming all of the former highly qualified medical professionals I saw were somehow off and he clearly was in the right. When I indicated that if we couldn't talk about some sort of solution he cut me off and went off on tangents about random things and completely wasted my time. He goes off of random hunches and then to extremes and tons of tangents, so I ended up having to spend the entire time listening to him go on tangents about everything. When the time had apparently run up he rushed me off without any closure, for isntnace like saying "I think you should see whoever." He just ended it. In the main room I asked so now what, I don't understand what I am paying for. He said I should make another appointment with him if I wanted to know what I should do about my anxiety- ummm, what?!? This is the worst experience I've ever had with any sort of doctor and I am highly disappointed. The receptionist was fine when I got in but when I left she had a ton of attitude and was very rude.
He's semiretired, combative, rambling and completely unhelpful.
I AM A CONSTRUCTION WORKER FOR A LARGE NEW YORK COMPANY AND MR.RUBINSTEIN IS BY THE WORST DR. OF ANY SORT I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. COMPLETE RIP OFF AND DISGRACE!
Very warm and positive energies
Dr Rubinstein treats me medically but he's also someone who I'm comfortable sharing vulnerabilities with. Nothing but positive experiences for me.
Absolutely horrible. Spends 95% of the time talking about himself. Repeats the same (inappropriate) 15 minute long personal stories each and every visit. He doesn't ask any questions or even initiate conversation, making things extremely difficult for someone with social anxiety. On top of all this, he is down right rude and will go out of his way to make you feel dumb.
Dr. Mitchell Rubinstein made me feel comfortable right away and was very thorough and helpful.
It was disappointing because I was hoping to have my anti-depressant medication refilled during my first consultation, but it turned out that Dr. Rubinstein is very traditional and wants to establish the patient-doctor relationship before prescribing medication to a new patient he didn't know. I respected him for this, but am mentioning it here just so that others will know this in advance and not have the same unrealistic expectation that I did.
eXCELLENT WILL MAKEBAPPOINTMENT WITH THIS dR AGAIN.
The. Dr. was very profesdional and informitive
I saw him just before leaving for college. Because of this and the fact that his office was not convenient for me, we decided we weren't a good match. However, he said with me and we spoke about my concerns. He then provided me with sound advice that I truly appreciated. If I wasn't leaving NY for college just weeks after seeing him, I think I would have made the effort to continue treatment with Dr. Rubinstein.
Dr. Mitchell S. Rubenstein was very attentive and helpful. I would definitely recommend him.
A complete waste of time.
Just absolutely horrendous in every possible way. Do not waste your time coming here.
What a great experience!!! I have nothing but good things to say about Dr Rubinstein. Dr. Rubinstein greeted me with respect and warmth and continued that way throughout my appointment. He actively listened to my concerns, both personal and with the medicine I take and gave intelligent and well thought out suggestions. He really knows his stuff and is sensitive to issues that other doctors seem to ignore or even trivialize. His office staff is INCREDIBLY friendly and knowledgeable as well. I highly highly recommend Dr. Rubinstein!!!
It was excellent. He was a good listener and seemed very knowledgable.
Very nice very professional. So far so good.
No wait time he's a great Dr very friendly. going in I felt terrified especially Because of my primary condition we discussed options and really talked about medication I liked off the bat that he wasnt the type to just medicate but really treat the patient a lot of Dr's at times will just give a patient prescriptions without checking to make sure it won't affect other medications they're taking... Was the first therapist I felt like I have having a real conversation and not just spilling out stuff about my life I would highly recommend this Dr for people who want to get better in their condition and don't want to just medicate :)
Dr. Rubinstein style is very direct , which may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I appreciate his honesty and it is clear that he has his patients' interest at heart. He is the kind of doctor that likes to establish rapport with his patients; his approach is particularly suitable for people who are looking for a long-term relationship with their psychiatrist.
He was friendly but I felt like he talked way too much about himself instead of me. Spent most of the hour listening to him talk about his family and random stories.
Dear Rubinstein is an interesting character. He's super nice but he talks endlessly and never pauses to hear your aspect as a patient. He will rattle off interesting facts and things but he almost will never try to understand your issues--if you can get a word in edgewise.
I have been seeing Dr. Rubinstein for about 3 months now. He is extremely helpful, a great listener, and provides excellent insight and advice. We work closely together, and I have been making great progress since seeing Dr. Rubinstein, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with him. I would highly recommend him!
I really liked the office environment. Everyone seems to be nice and helpful. Dr.Rubinstein was nice as well and very honest. He gets to the point and I honestly appreciate that he cares about people.
I can't really understand the negative reviews on here, I thought Dr. Rubinstein was excellent- he listened to everything I had to say, was very observant, and his manner was welcoming and friendly.
A doctor I can trust.
Good doctor. Understood things right away. Easy to talk to. Gave good advice.
Extremely friendly and comfortable atmosphere. Dr. Rubinstein has a very thorough and thoughtful approach to psychiatry. Dr. Rubinstein isn't about a quick fix, rather, he is about exploring the best possible medication and dose. Dr. Rubinstein looks for long-term solutions! Wonderful experience!
I regret not reading the reviews before choosing this doctor. the only thing he cares about is money and not the patient health. He is for sure the worse doctor I've ever seen. He should be embarrassed oh himself. Please don't ever go there because you will leave his office feeling even worse than you were before.
Doctor Rubinstein is a very competent psychiatrist in the sense that he was able to immediately assess my feelings and issues and provide a solution and recommendation in how I should approach treatment. He is a very good listener and seemed able to tailor a regimen that has so far proved extremely helpful.I look forward to future appointments and would highly recommend his services to friends or family in need. I felt as though the patient comes first and that is a rare charachteristic in todays medical community.
Extremely helpful. I love that there is absolutely no wait time. Dr. Rubinstein has gone to great lengths to make sure that his patients are comfortable in every way possible. thanks so much
I liked that he took the time to evaluate me instead of just throwing medication at me to solve any issues. He is straight forward and to the point which I think is great as opposed to someone just dancing around issues trying to squeeze you for money. He seems to be the kind of person that actually cares about his patients and doesn't look at them as dollar signs which I think is a rarity. I will be seeing him again and look forward to the next visit.
He read the books of Psychiatry, but has no clue how to relate with patients, started session with negative attitude. He needs to learn how to relate with depressed individuals.
He talked entirely too much, I appreciated what he was telling me but I understand why I was waiting so long. The info was good, but omg that guy can talk, oy!
He is without a doubt the most disrespectful rude unprofessional incompetent doctor I have ever met in my life very simply you should remove him from your listings he is a disgrace and embarrassing to the medical profession
As a first impression I was very impressed and looking forward to the next visit.I would highly recommend him
I unfortunately did not have a good experience with Dr Rubinstein. He was mildly inappropriate and I did not feel comfortable.
dr seemed a bit angry ,i have been to many drs ,he said i only have a few visits covered by my insurance and that it would be a waste of time which i agreed to..i found out i had more visits from my insurance,,the dr complained about money and the mental health regarding medical insurance and how much his friend pays for rent in his practice,, i like stair shooters but not anger,,no handshake coming or going,,not my kind of dr at all
My daughter lives him. They have a great Doctor/patient relationship. Dr Rubinstein is very professional. The office is clean and uncluttered.
Horrible man. If you are a woman stay away, any problem you have whether it a cancer prevention surgery to severe depression, he considers it a "female issue" that is not necessary to treat or in your mind. He also kept comparing our appointment to a date, it creeped me out. He will be more than glad to give you an appointment to take the money but there is no guarantee to treatment or you being taken seriously. Oh yeah, and he told me to buy meds online, figure that one out.
Dr Rubinstein is a great doctor. I am very satisfied with the session we had. I would recommend many more patient to him.
A waste of time - he thinks he is better than the whole mental health system - Has a distaste for my therapist and ZocDoc as well
great talker and listener. highly recommend!
I liked that he says it like it is, not sugar coating. I had my son see him and he needed to hear the truth in a non invasive way. I hope he's able to help my son, I know if he cant he will send him to who can.
I felt comfortable talking to Dr. Rubinstein about my issue(s). The Dr. seemed extremely intelligent, honest and very straight forward in his analysis of my current symptoms. I think the session proved to be very beneficial to me.
I waited until after 2 appointments to form an opinion of Dr. Rubinstein. His approach with me is not "warm and fuzzy". In fact, he can be confrontational in a polite way. This is pleasant contrast to previous doctors who seemed to be more soothsayer than psychiatrist. Dr. Rubinstein seems to be a good fit for me!!
he loves talking about himself. he loves telling you the same stories just in case you were not listening the first time.
After only a few visits I still don't know if he is a good doc or not because he spends too much time talking about his own stories and wastes your time. I got anxiety just listening to him. I would not recommend him.
he needs to listen more and talk less. I felt as if I was in school because of how he was trying to break things down and teach me facts from history and he brought up my race and religion which is not relevant to the problem I was having.
Great person and very quick to the point. Brings care back to healthcare.
I strongly will recommend Dr.Rubinstein to any one because he was humble in listening to my complaints,very polite and his advice was extremely helpful!
the worst of the worst..
He is probably the first doctor to actually give me hope for mental and emotional stability. not only that but he took time out to make sure my medical needs were met by arranging appointments with other health care professionals. i certainly look forward to work with him in the near future. i've finally found my psychiatric doctor!!
He was really understanding of my needs, i'm absolutely start treatment with regular visits. makes me feel comfortable and confident. Great human being and professional.
He was really helpful, for being a first time patient. I didn't feel the pressure of talking to somebody that i didn't know about my issues and how i feel my life is going right now, would really recommend him, makes u feel confident about moving forward, i'll surely see him again.
I found the Doctor to be kind, caring,compassionate and competent. He is somewhat "Brooklyn" in his demeanor. For me, this is an asset!
I was really nervous about seeing a psychiatrist but he made me feel really comfortable.
Straight up and down to earth, while being extremely knowedgable and helpful.
I think he meant well, but he made me very uncomfortable. he referred to himself as a 'shrink,' he used swear words throughout the session, and he spent the entire hour talking about himself. i will never go back, and i would suggest you stay away as well.
Rude and unprofessional. Unwilling to accomodate my needs. Never recommending him to anyone.
I found it frustrating that they never mentioned it was cash only. Dr. Rubinstein is incredibly warm and truly loves people. He can be very verbose thus making the appointment feel like more him telling anecdotal stories.
He is very pleasant and professional. He takes in all relevant information and resists jumping to conclusions.
Doctor Rubinstein has been an excellent professional and catalyst in my therapy sessions. His office is quick with virtually no wait time. The appointments are always honored and the schedule is flexible to a reasonable degree. So as long as you treat the Doctor with respect he will reciprocate. Highly recommended for those that truly seek help and not just a legal drug "dealer".
Concerned about my progress, listens well, takes time to develop an understanding of what's going on. Very informative of medical side effects, super respectful of appointments and time. Anxiety problems? Call him.
Wasted more time on himself than on me. I'd keep looking if I were you because there are better out there. Patient Beware.
Great visit, very helpful, patient and kind.
He was weird and made me feel uncomfortable. The worst experience ever
Very nice guy, but at times I felt talked at. I found myself frustrated during his anecdotes and felt like the appointment was more about him and less about me.
He was to the point in an appropriate way and I think he's going to be an amazing help to me. I would recommend to anyone.
Very personable and friendly. Felt very comfortable with him. I would recommend him to others!
Dr. Rubinstein was a great doctor! Very attentitive, very easy to talk to, and helpful. This was my first experience with a psychiatrist and I'm glad it was with Dr. Rubinstein!