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Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D.

Office: Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Profession: Psychologist
Services: Psychotherapy/Counseling
Practice Description: My approach to therapy is very caring, supportive, and straight-forward. Throughout our lives we all encounter difficult struggles and we need to learn new tools and to gain new perspectives. I have worked as a psychologist in my Carlsbad private practice for over 20 years. I am fortunate to genuinely love what I do. I have extensive training in a variety of effective therapeutic approaches so I can customize the best treatment for your individual needs. Collaboratively we will work in a relaxed, supportive and professional manner.

The goal of my practice is to reduce your distress and help you increase the quality of your life so you can enjoy relationships, love and work, long after treatment ends.


*Self-improvement & Individual Growth
*Grief & Loss
*Women's Issues
*Stress Management
*Assertiveness & boundaries training
*Life Transitions & Aging
*Premenstral Dysphoric Disorder
*Self Esteem


I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on your personal growth and gaining self knowledge. It is focusing on what is distressing you today and learing ways to understand and overcome the issue. When you learn about yourself, and gain understanding of relationship patterns, you enhance the quality of your life. There is much research on the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy lasting long after therapy ends.

While I mainly use psychodynamic psychotherapy, I may also include other therapeutic interventions such as: psycho-education, positive psychology, mind-body techniques and cognitive- behavioral treatments.


Dr. Benderly earned her bachelors degree from the University of Hawaii. She then earned her masters and doctoral degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. While working on her advanced degrees, she worked several years in community mental health clinics serving the San Diego community. In 1997, she established her private practice.

She enjoys meeting people from around the word and learning their perceptions about love and life. On her days off she enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, painting and the ocean.


To schedule an appointment, please contact me at 760-930-0886.

I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. The purpose of this initial call is to briefly identify your needs and to assess that your needs are within my areas of clinical expertise. If your needs are not within my scope of practice, I will provide you with referrals. I will schedule an appointment with you after our phone consultation.

I look forward to meeting you.

Call now for a complimentary phone consultation: (760) 930-0886.

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Our office provides a calm healing environment.
Practice Specialties or Interests:

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in bold text)
Anxiety Disorders/Phobias
Adjustment Disorder
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Stress Management
Women's Issues
Assertiveness training
Panic attacks
Age Specialties: Adults
Session Formats: Individual
Treatment Approaches: Psychodynamic
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Additional Demographic Expertise: Jewish
Pacific Islander
Additional Languages: Hebrew
Education: Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology, 1995
License #: PSY15064
License State: California
Professional Affiliations:
American Psychological Association over 20 years
California Psychological Association
Accepted Insurance: Any PPO (with Out-of-Network Benefits)
Sliding Scale fees available

Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D., Psychologist in Carlsbad

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Years in Practice:  Over 20
Gender:  Female
Accepting New Clients:  Yes
Sliding Fee Scale:  Yes
Prescribe Medication:  No

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