Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D.

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My approach to therapy is very warm, caring and straight-forward.  At some point in our lives, we all experience times when life feels more challenging, and we need to learn new tools and gain new perspectives.  As a psychologist with over 20 years of experience, I have extensive training and expertise in a variety of effective treatment approaches designed to address each client’s unique needs. I will work collaboratively with you in a trusting, relaxed and professional manner to 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 have training and expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  This therapy focuses on your personal growth and gaining self knowledge.  When you learn about yourself and gain understanding of relationship patterns, you enhance the quality of your life.  There is extensive 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: cognitive- behavioral treatments, psycho-education, positive psychology, and mind-body techniques.


Dr. Bendelry earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Hawaii. She then earned her combined masters and doctoral degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.  While working on her advanced degrees, she gained extensive training working in community mental health clinics. In 1997, she established her private practice.

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


To schedule an appointment, please contact me at 760-930-0886.  Be sure to leave a phone number where I can reach you and the best times you can be reached.  I’ll do my best to call you at those times.  

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 refer you to a qualified therapist. After this brief phone consultation, I will schedule an appointment with you.



 A key aspect of treatment is the relationship between the therapist and the client- it has to be a good fit.  To give you a sense of who I am, many clients say that I am easy to talk to, open and very professional while being relaxed at the same time.  

I look forward to working with you.  
Call Today! (760) 930-0886.
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Dr. Rakefet Benderly Reaches

Carlsbad CA
Encinitas CA
San Diego CA
San Marcos CA
Olivenhain CA