Dr. Deborah Lubetkin

Specializing primarily in Women’s Mental Health since 1996, Deborah Lubetkin incorporates Eastern philosophy with the challenges of Western living to create a forum for her patients to develop an integrative plan to address a variety of mood-related imbalances.

Receiving her Doctorate in Psychology in 1994 from Nova Southeastern University, Deborah Lubetkin has focused her work on interpersonal relational psychology and attachment. Examining the self in relation to the other important people in one’s life helps to reformulate relationship patterns that become sources of suffering.

The integration of psychotherapy and LifeForce Yoga® creates a unique practice for Deborah, one focused on Integrative Mental Health. She has an extensive referral network of other Holistic and Integrative Practitioners, working as an inter-disciplinary team to address the mind, body, and spirit of each individual patient. Specialization areas include anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma, as well as perinatal and postpartum mood disorders, perimenopause and menopause.

LifeForce Yoga® views symptoms of mood imbalance as alienation from the self.  Deborah Lubetkin, Psy.D. received her Certification as a  Level 1 LifeForce Yoga Practitioner in 2009 and her Level 2 LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner certification in 2011. LifeForce Yoga® is an evidence-based yoga practice, designed specifically to treat mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. Through this practice, one is able to connect to their unique, true nature. Suffering then disappears, as the authentic self becomes first discovered, and then illuminated.  Dr. Lubetkin then completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program in 2013, and is now a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, RYT-200.

Dr. Lubetkin has been in private practice for almost 20 years. Her office is in Montclair New Jersey.   She teaches a weekly LifeForce yoga class at JaiPure Yoga in Montclair, NJ (www.JaiPureYoga.com).  She is a volunteer for Kula for Karma, proving free yoga classes to victims of Domestic Violence (www.KulaforKarma.org).  She teaches annually for Yoga Connections, a program that provides yoga to communities in Israel dealing with anxiety and trauma from exposure to war.  Additionally, Deborah provides workshops for organizations and groups on LifeForce Yoga® in various locations.  Deborah is an active and passionate student of Kripalu  Yoga herself (www.Kripalu.org).


  • Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D) – Nova Southeastern University, 1994
  • Mentoring Director, LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute
  • Certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner, Level 2; LifeForce Yoga Training Faculty; LifeForce Yoga Mentor; LifeForce Yoga Faculty Assistant-Level 1 trainings at Kripalu every July
  • Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher
  • Member of Yoga Alliance-RYT-200
  • Certified in Clinical Hypnosis by The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • Member of the New Jersey Psychological Association
  • Member of Essex-Union County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP)
  • Member of the NJPA Health Psychology Special Interest Group
  • Member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Associate Member of N.J. Center for Healthy Living
  • Member of the Northern New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium
  • "We go to the past only in order to learn about such authentic possibilities of human existence as may be repeatable in the present"
    - Mircea Eliade in
    "The Wisdom of Yoga,"
    by Stephen Cope

LifeForce Yoga®

The intention of a LifeForce Yoga® practice is to clear blockages of energy that have accumulated over the course of a lifetime. When energy is blocked, psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression commonly emerge. Clearing the whole mind-body-spirit unit brings balance into one’s life, both regulating mood symptoms and preventing them from reoccurring.
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NEW address (effective June 1, 2012):
8 Hillside Avenue, Suite 107
Montclair, NJ 07042

NJ Licensed Psychologist #35SI00339200

Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher,

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