Rakefet Benderly, Ph.D.

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My approach to therapy is very warm, caring and straight-forward.  I have worked as a psychologist in my Carlsbad office for almost 23 years. I genuinely love what I do.  We all have times in our lives when we feel stuck and alone.  Psychotherapy helps us develop new tools and gain fresh perspectives to successfully understand and manage our personal situations.  The goal of my practice is to reduce your distress and increase the quality of your life so that you can enjoy relationships, love and work, long after treatment ends.

My training and expertise focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy.   There is extensive research on the benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy lasting long after treatment ends. While I mainly use psychodynamic psychotherapy, at times I include other therapeutic interventions such as cognitive-behavioral treatments, psycho-education, positive psychology, and mind-body techniques. I work collaboratively.

Although I treat adults only, I often provide parent education, understanding child development and managing family dynamics.


*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.   


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

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