Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D.

Rakefet Benderly View Specialties

My practice is currently full and I am no longer accepting new clients. However, if you are a client who has worked with me in the past, please feel free to reach out to me for continued therapy.
 COVID-19 update:   Seeing clients using telehealth - phone and video conferencing only.

My approach to therapy is warm, caring, straight-forward and results oriented.  I am fortunate to genuinely love what I do.  I have worked as a psychologist in my Carlsbad boutique private practice for over 20 years, just miles from the beach.

I have extensive training and will work collaboratively with you in a relaxed, supportive and professional manner  to overcome depression, anxiety, grief, low self-esteem and various life challenges.
Treatment is Tailored to Fit Your Unique Needs
My training and expertise are in psychodynamic psychotherapy.  This type of therapy focuses on the "here and now" in combination of with an understanding of your history.  The focus is on personal growth and self understanding, recognition of your emotional "blind spots" and reducing your distress. With new perspectives and coping skills you can focus on what really matters- the things in life that bring you a sense of peace and meaning.  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-education, positive psychology, and mind-body techniques. I aim to ensure that you leave therapy with new perspectives and coping skills so that you can focus your energy on what matters the most to you- the things in life that give you meaning, joy and purpose.


Although I treat adults only, I often provide parent education on understanding child development and managing family dynamics.
*Self-improvement & Personal Growth
*Grief and Loss 
*Women's Issues
*Stress Management
*Assertiveness training &  Setting Boundaries
*Life Transitions & Aging
*Premenstraul Dysphoric Disorder 
*Self Esteem


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.

Call or Email Today

To schedule an appointment, call 760-930-0886 or send an email to drbenderly@rakefetbenderly.com.  Be sure to leave a phone number and the best times you can be reached.  I’ll do my best to call you at those times.  

The purpose of this initial call is to briefly identify your needs and to assess that your needs are within my scope of practice.  If your needs are not within my expertise,  I will refer you to a qualified therapist.

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Call Today! (760) 930-0886.
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Dr. Rakefet Benderly Reaches

Encinitas CA
San Diego CA
San Marcos CA
Olivenhain CA
Vista CA
Del Mar CA
Carlsbad CA
Carlsbad CA