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Meet Moreen Rubin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Moreen Rubin.

Moreen, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story begins on the dance floor as a professional dancer. Many dancers that I was close with and loved dearly, struggled with an eating disorder. I became aware of how lonely and isolating struggling with a mental health condition can be and that ignited a passion within me to help others find their way.

Today, I work with the loveliest souls and help them become who they really are. I witness courage every day and feel inspired by those walking into my office seeking clarity, comfort, change, and hope. I love what I get to do day in and day out.

Solving a problem based on something you saw in real life is very admirable.  Has it been a smooth road?
The road to obtaining my license to practice psychotherapy in California while also completing my doctoral program was rigorous and demanding. The academic program was intensive and in order to sit for the exam, all marriage and family therapists needs to complete a minimum of 3,000 face to face hours with a client.

The sacrifice it took to complete all my supervised hours while also writing my dissertation for my doctoral program was substantial. It took a lot of hard work, patience and commitment. I still apply these principles in my work today. I believe in the power of excellence and believe in myself enough to try my very hardest.

3,000 hours is a lot of commitment, but definitely understand given how high the stakes are. We’d love to hear more about your practice.
I specialize in family therapy, addiction, trauma, personality disorders and most notably, eating disorders. Not many therapists specialize in eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. I feel pretty lucky that I’ve worked with clients who have fully recovered and found happiness. My private practice is a sacred space where I work with people of all genders looking to make a change for the better. I believe in healing wounds through mindfulness, incorporating healthy coping skills, learning how to problem solve and communicate more effectively.

I offer a non-judgmental space to safely explore topics that can be challenging to talk about. I am so proud of the work I do. I am grateful to the clients who have trusted me with their most vulnerable selves. For me, good therapy can only happen when a person of any age is met with compassion, non-judgement, and understanding.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles, and more specifically The Valley, is a wonderful place for a psychotherapy practice. For someone just starting out, I would recommend reaching out and interviewing persons who specialize in the area you want to focus on. Networking with other psychotherapists is a great way of learning, staying connected and getting help if you should need it.

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