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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
Telehealth (Video/Phone) Therapy
Practice Description:
Welcome, I am now accepting new clients to my practice. Seeing clients in my office using strict Covid- 19 protocols and offering telehealth services - using phone and video conferencing.

My approach to therapy is warm, caring, straight-forward and results oriented. I have worked as a psychologist in my Carlsbad boutique private practice for over 20 years, just miles from the beach. I am fortunate to genuinely love what I do. I have extensive training and will work collaboratively with you in a relaxed, supportive and professional manner.

I aim to ensure that your leave therapy with new perspectives and coping skills so that you can focus your energy on what gives you meaning and makes you feel joyful and fulfilled in your life.


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


The focus of my training and expertise is psychodynamic psychotherapy. This type of therapy focuses on the "here and now" in combination with an understanding of your history. The focus is on personal growth, recognition and understanding of emotional "blind spots" to reduce distressing symptoms and improve relationships. There is extensive research on the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy lasting long after treatment ends.

While psychodynamic psychotherapy is my main approach, at times, I include other therapeutic interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, psycho-eductaion, positive psychology and mind-body techniques.


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 my office 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. An appointment will be scheduled after our phone consultation.

I look forward to meeting you.

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

(Strengths are
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
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)

Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D., Psychologist in Carlsbad

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

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