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Dr. Mitchell S. Rubinstein, DO

Psychiatrist

Professional statement

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 Please enter your member ID number when scheduling an appointment. thanks

In-network insurances

  • 1199SEIU
  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan

Specialties

  • Psychiatrist

Practice names

Education and training

  • Maimonides Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry
  • Medical School - University of New England, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Male

NPI number

1457453862

Office locations

Mitchell S. Rubinstein, DO

110-50 71st Road, Suite 1F

Forest Hills, NY 11375

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He is so experienced
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Dr rubinstein was very straightforward fair and blunt. Dont let his polarizing reviews steer you wrong. His style is very direct and I can see how others would mispercive this kind of doctor. He is not for everyone but may be for you.
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Dr. Rubinstein has been so helpful to me. He really spends the time with me every week unlike other psychiatrists that write you a script in 10 minutes and send you out the door. When I meet with him it’s asif I’m meeting with my psychologist and psychiatrist all in one. He listens to my concerns and evaluates the best plan each time we meet. He is understanding and compassionate. I believe he only gets negative reviews because a lot of patients just want pills and Dr. Rubinstein only prescribes to his patients what is necessary for their needs.
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He is rude doesn’t listen and he asked me to give him a five star review on Zocdoc to make him seem great I hate and would not recommend him to anyone he’s going to make your issues worse as he did mine.
Less than 3 months ago
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Dr Rubinstein is a good doctor he cares for his patients. I will be seeing him again.
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I am very pleased with my visit. Dr Rubinstein is a good doctor I would highly recommend him.
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Very nice man, with a kind bedside manner. Listened and gave advice that was greatly appreciated. Will continue to see him.
Less than 3 months ago
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Unprofessional and did not take a detailed history of me but blamed complaints on my caffeine intake, despite not asking me what my caffeine intake was (I don’t drink coffee/energy drinks). He brought up rape and the bedroom habits of anotherpatient without me bringing up the topic. He stated that women have the full power over men when it comes to sex. He downplayed rape. He brought this all up after advising me not to become pregnant on medications. He discussed his bowel response to opioids. He stated he only treats patients that come one a week even if they are already receiving therapy. He told me that he didn’t think I had diabetes because I don’t look like I have it, once again not looking at previous blood work data or consulting a previous physician. He blamed previously unhappy patients on the internet as just wanting illegally prescribed drugs. I felt uncomfortable the whole time, but especially when he discussed the sexual habits of his patient and sexual assault.
Less than 3 months ago
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He was very short. Not helpful at all. A was of time
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Dr. Rubinstein took his time with me, listened to my concerns, answered all questions I had, provided educational information. Very attentive, professional. Highly recommend!
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Please look else where. Conversations were never about you. He has brought up patient reviews in our sessions. He has discussed his dissatisfaction with the pharmaceutical industry. He has made unacceptable generalizations about gendersand cultures. Was not happy with the medical treatment and found it counterproductive and driven to entice repeat visits. Don’t go.
Less than 6 months ago
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He was great at pointing me in the right direction. For my first visit I left away grateful for the session. He’s of great help. Direct and understanding.
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Dr. Rubenstein may not always agree with you but he is fair and gives sound advice. He is an extensive resource for anyone looking to start seeing a psychiatrist or for a second opinion. He is open-minded, caring and really wants to help his patients.
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Dr Rubinstein tends to dominate the conversation and will go on tangents endlessly. His end goal is to get you into the office as many times as possible so that he can get more frequently. In summary, terrible listener and does not appear to truly care about your issues.
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Dr. Rubinstein was professional and personable. He pointed me in the right direction regarding NYS medical marijuana program.
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Didn't like his approach or his fascination with, in his words (paraphrasing) "the medical community's endless supply of cocaine" He was odd and not in a charming way.
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Dr. Rubinstein spends 98% of the appointment time talking about himself, and then asks about the reason you're attending the appointment, uninterested in your concerns, and pushes you out the door without resolving any issue to take on thenext patient. I thought I would give him a shot again with a second appointment after not liking my initial visit, but I regret that I didn't follow my instincts and wasted my time and travel.
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He's not a bad person, but there was a HUGE cultural disconnect between us that prevented me from seeing him again.
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Hes honest and direct
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Very compassionate and professional; saw me the minute I got there and talked me through options far more thoroughly than any psychiatrist I've ever seen. Highly recommended.
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He spends significant amount of time with you. He's well spoken and seems to have knowledge well beyond the boundaries of his specialty. I only have seen him once, so can't comment yet on the progress I have made with respectto the symptoms that brought me to see him. I guess time will tell.
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Waste of time. Loves to hear himself talk. Won't even let you speak. Won't prescribe xanax or anxiety meds. Will suggest you stop drinking coffee and res bull. Total idiot. Proudly admits he is not a real doctor. Both the fakedoctor and the office have an unprofessional appearance. The Secretary is nice however.
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Run for the hills!
More than 1 year ago
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He is very rude! He should not be practicing in this field. He talks about himself way too much and never wants to listen to what you have to say. He's all about money so don't waste your time at all!!!!I saw another Doctor and at last I forgot how it felt to see a Psychiatrist
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He is the most unprofessional human being I've ever met. Hes rude & degraded me. I left his office in tears. He should not be practicing any type of psychiatry at all.
More than 1 year ago
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He Is Not A Bad Person, I Assume He Has Great Intentions. But I Didnt Speak About Myself Not Once. He Wasnt Sure What He Could Do For Me, Which Is Cool, Respect The Honesty. But How Could You Really Know,If You Didnt Ask History Or Background. I Just Sat There For Almost An Hour And We Just Talked. But Nothing About My Depression Or Anxiety One Thing People Always Say To Me Is "You Don't Look Like You Have A Mental Health Issue." And He Said Something Of The Sort Today. And I Was Just Like Hmm.... What Does A Person Like That Look Like.? Just A Very Interesting Meeting , But Didnt Get Any Where. A Lot Of Psychiatrist Today Has An The Agenda To Get You In The Chair , (Get Them The Money) , And You Are On Ya Way. But I Feel The Same , Prior To Walking In. So Yea !.
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He's not for me. I completely agree with all the other negative reviews. Find someone else. You'll likely waste your time with this guy and you'll probably leave more upset, frustrated, and anxious than you came in.
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I came in and was seen immediately. We sat and talked. If you want someone to sugarcoat he is not the man. He did however give straight forward honest feedback and I look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.
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Well i would tell him my problems and every response was well how can i help you? What do you need from me? I would say i dont know advice any medications if necessary. I wrote all my symptoms down soi can share them with him because i didnt want to forget a thing and he wouldnt let me read it and assumed i got the list of symptoms from google saying if i read everything on the internet ill believe but i didnt i write what i was feeling from google it was straight off of my head. Then He said some basic advice to my problem and just referred me to a therapist which i guess is way better help to me because i went to her and she was very helpful. He was overall kind but in the beginning he seemed kind of rash and standoffish.
More than 1 year ago
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He wouldn't even talk to me .his evaluation lasted 10 minutes.he turns his back on me while I was talking to him.
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A very easy Dr. to converse with. He's sympathetic and nonjudgmental. I'd highly recommend him.
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I good Dr. with a heart. I'd recommend him to anyone I care for.
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While looking for a psychiatrist I read many reviews re different doctor's on various websites. This doctor had many reviews with a lot of them being extremely negative. Many reviewers had extreme opinions about him and they seemed to eitherlove or hate him. The haters often mentioned that he is very bold and direct. I took this as he is a "tell it like it is" doctor. I, being a person with solid confidence and self-esteem, said to myself "this guy is for me". I prefer straight to-the-point doctors. I saw him weekly for a couple of months. In ALL my years, I have never dealt with such a rude, unprofessional, insulting and condescending doctor. The first few visits had a negative vibe, however--- I gave it a chance as we had to establish a relationship and wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Things did not improve and I often felt anxiety while sitting with this man. I would go in to the visit without anxiety and get it while there. I decided never to go back after the appointment when my significant other (who was in the waiting area) could hear him yelling at me behind the closed door of our meeting. During most visits, the doctor would do things at his desk with his back to me and was rather rude when I questioned that. He complained about insurance companies' practices at every single appointment. These rants would often take up a considerable portion of our meetings. He also complained and spoke about personal things more than one would expect from a professional. I didn't go there to hear his problems about rent, overhead, income, etc. I went there to get help for myself. One of the most shocking things was that, more than a few times, he would cut the visit short as he said he would spend most of the rest of our session time dealing with the insurance company. He stated his reason for this was so that I could get my medication. I didn't know that a patient's session time includes a doctor's estimate of what time insurance calls might take. He told me to choose--- talk to him and don't get medication on a timely basis or get medication in a timely manner by ending session quickly. I questioned this and got a very nasty attitude and, more than once, I wanted to just get up and leave appointments. I could include some other unbelievable things that occurred however I will leave it at this... I will file a formal complaint with the appropriate agencies about this doctor's practices. Some people have serious problems and seek out a doctor's help. Those with low self-esteem could be hurt by this doctor. He should be investigated. On a positive note, the woman at the front desk was usually rather pleasant and she stated that she knows he is frequently wrong re the way he deals with patients.
More than 1 year ago
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Dr. Rubinstein is very thorough in his assessments. I've been seeing him for about a year and have always felt good after my therapy visits. He addresses the patients' needs as they should be. My visits are on time and efficient.
More than 1 year ago
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I went to see Dr. Rubenstein, agreed to schedule a weekly visit, and then was told he would be out the following two weeks (which is perfectly understandable). I called and left THREE messages over a period of a month withno return call to schedule. I find this highly unprofessional, as he prescribed medication that required follow up for refills.
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Absolutely terrible. He was very rude and made me feel embarrassed of my mental illness.
More than 1 year ago
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Great visit with Dr. Rubenstein. He is very informative and clear with his patients. Be honest with how you are feeling so he can make an accurate assessment. If you want to take the first step in feeling better in allstarts with Doc Rubenstein. "Don't put off for tomorrow what you can accomplish today." His staff Lila is great too. She makes appointments with ease and takes care of all of my prescriptions. thanks !
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Totally unprofessional. To start, his office is disgustingly cluttered with full garbage cans. I began the appointment basically describing my condition and he starts in on how he "might not choose me" as a patient after he was advised of twosuicide attempts. He then digresses about how patients with insurance get a "deal" because he makes more from self-paying patients. This guy is a joke. Run!
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Dr. Rubinstein is a great guy he's honest, he's definitely opinionated but that's what I like most about him. He's definitely going to help me break through my problems and I'm excited to see him next week!!
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Visiting Dr. Rubinstein was a great experience. Being able to come in and immediately talk with him was something I appreciated. Within consultation, I never felt uncomfortable and was able to connect with him in a good manner. I look forwardto my next visits with him in the future.
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It's always a pleasure seeing Dr. Rubinstein. There is always a relaxed atmosphere in the office. He is a great listener. Unlike some doctors, he let's you feel you can be yourself. Even though there is a relaxed atmosphere he isa total professional. He wants to make sure you are feeling alright and will tweak the medication accordingly. I can tell he is a very ethical person which is important to me. He is not interested in just medication, he would rather get it right.
More than 1 year ago
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I did not listen to the reviews. I should have listened to the reviews. He is not a monster, and I think means well, but I just got the feeling he's living in a different universe than me (a 30 somethingcareer oriented lady who isn't interested in kids in the next couple years, and doesn't believe 95% of anxiety is caffeine related).
More than 1 year ago
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His bedside manner was so strange and made me uncomfortable. He was off topic for the entire consultation, didn't even ask me anything about myself, and said the word "probed" at least three times. He also talked down (for several minutes)to psychotherapy as a practice, and hinted quite transparently that he would be better for me than my current therapist. As someone with social anxiety, I was very polite through the consultation, but would absolutely not recommend him for any modern or young person seeking a comfortable relationship with their psych.
More than 1 year ago
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This place is a joke. First of all, don't waste your time here. I was taken back by Dr. Rubinstein and asked to sit on the couch. I am suffering from crippling anxiety and panic attacks that can keep me upall night. He did not want to discuss my problems, only wanted to get me hooked into a weekly visitation so he can milk my insurance for all its worth. He gave all kinds of weird analogies about why I'm such a terrible person because I can't commit to coming to his office once a week. I'm so busy and overcommitted as it is right now, having to go to his office weekly would only further increase my stress and anxiety. I suggested trying some medication and coming back to follow up in a month - no dice.... If you're hoping for any type of medication or relief without some serious insurance billing (and that means copays for you) go somewhere else. I'm not sure of the specifics on this but I saw him/overheard him threaten to send some sort of letter if a patient didn't come see him again on Monday. Imagine that? He's a total racket - don't waste your time here. He's just looking to drum up business for himself and waste your time and not really help you with your problems.
More than 1 year ago
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Very informative
More than 1 year ago
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Dr Rubinstein is a good doctor and a kind human being.I am currently seeing Dr Rubinstein on a weekly basis and I must say this is the only Dr that I ever went to and didn't get a prescription thrown atme. I was kind of hesitant to see him after I read his reviews, but I am glad I made the right decision to see Dr Rubinstein he is very welcoming and listen to what I have to say. We work together and figure out a treatment plan that's good for me. I would recommend many more patients to him.
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In short: Stay Away from Dr. Rubenstein. Women - beware. Dr. Rubenstein was rude, asked me "why I don't have a boyfriend", then proceeded to list the reasons why he "thinks I should". He jumped to prescribe a strong drug "becauseit's safe to get pregnant on"**, and denied me when I pressed him that becoming pregnant was not of importance to me. ** I read about this same comment in a previous ZocDoc review, but proceeded to book an appointment anyway. As a woman, I DO NOT recommend seeing this doctor. His demeanor is predatory and condescending. He treated me with minimal respect and became disturbingly worked-up when I inquired about the chemical components of the drugs he was prescribing. Then his tone completely shifted - he told me about the dangers of coming off the drugs he had me on for the last week, and told me that if I kept asking questions, he would refuse to refill my prescription. Psychotherapy is nowhere in his agenda, as he talks about himself, and trails off on indulgent tangents. If you are looking for a listening ear, you will find yourself incredibly frustrated.
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terrible psych.. he talks about how great he is. doesn't prescribe meds youve been on for ten yrs until he sees you weekly and milks your insurance. don't waste your time with this terrible doctor.
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Dr. Rubinstein is patient and kind, he was able to identify my issues effectively and efficiently, also giving me the procedures on how to improve the aspects of my daily life to improve my health
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