Rakefet Benderly, PH.D.

Clinical Psychologist
My approach to therapy is very warm, caring and straight-forward.

I have worked as a psychologist in my Carlsbad private practice for over 20 years.  I am fortunate to genuinely love what I do.  We all experience challenges in our lives that make us feel stuck.  Psychotherapy helps us to develop new tools and perspectives to successfully understand and manage our personal situations.

I mainly specialize in treating depression, anxiety, relationships, stress and grief.  I have extensive training in a variety of effective treatment approaches designed to support each clients’ unique needs.  I work collaboratively with my clients as they build happier, healthier lives.

My training and expertise focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy.  I help clients develop their personal growth, gain understanding of their emotional “blind spots”, reduce distressing symptoms and improve their relationships.  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.

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

Call today for a free 20 minute phone consultation. I look forward to working with you.

About Rakefet

Dr. Benderly earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Hawaii and her combined masters and doctoral degrees from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. During her educational years, she gained extensive training and experience working in San Diego community mental health clinics and 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.

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