Jacqueline  Benson

Jacqueline Benson


Psychologist, PsyD Practice: Deeper Than Color: Social Justice & Strength-Based Psychotherapy and Consulting Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Updated February 10, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Adolescent mental health
  • Artists' mental health
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self harm
  • Race & cultural identity

Professional statement

Dr. Jacqueline Benson is a clinical psychologist in California. She holds bachelor’s degrees in both music performance and human development from California State University Long Beach and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright institute in 2018. In addition to her clinical work Dr. Benson is a performing artist and serves as a board member for The Quinan Street Project, a non-profit that provides theater arts education to public schools in West Contra Costa.

Dr. Benson has diverse experience providing both individual and group psychotherapy. She specializes in strength-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults and therapy for performers, content creators and artists. Dr. Benson is a member of the counseling & wellness team at Deeper Than Color which focuses on providing social justice-oriented psychotherapy to Black people and other people of color.

Message to clients

I look forward to meeting with you! I work from an integrative perspective that incorporates diverse evidence based practices. I believe its important to empower my clients and help them to take a collaborative role in their mental health care. Listening and getting to know you is crucial. I work with Black clients, LGBTQIA+ clients as well as clients from diverse backgrounds and I use my training and understanding of human development to inform therapy and help my clients identify and understand their challenges so they can set goals that are meaningful to them.

Together we can explore what’s bringing you into therapy and identify tools and strategies that make use of the strengths you already have, to help you develop new skills and assist you in reaching your goals.


Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Self harm - Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences

Race & cultural identity - Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity


  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


  • Lyra Health

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $300 (50min)
  • Initial session: $300 (50min)

Additional session information

Therapist's note

We currently only accept credit cards and some HSA for payment. We do not accept insurance.

We can provide an invoice or superbill for services so you can seek reimbursement through your insurance.

We also offer a service that allows you to only pay your co-insurance if your insurance reinburses for out-of-network providers. We charge a fee of $15 convenience fee for this service, but we can waive that fee if you meet certain financial criteria.


Online Sessions (California)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 10am-5pm
  • Tue 10am-5pm
  • Wed 10am-5pm
  • Thu 10am-5pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 6 years

Deeper Than Color, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, 2021 - Present
Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Child & Family Psychiatry, Post Doctoral Resident & Psych. Assistant , 2018 - 2020

The Wright Institute, PsyD, 2018
California State University Long Beach , Human Development , 2012
California State University Long Beach , Music Performance, 2012


California: PSY32556



Client testimonials

"Jacqueline and staff was Very responsive in initial request. Pleasant office assistant. Very good tech system and video conference system. Professional, knowledgeable and relatable. Made the process very comfortable and well supported. Highly recommend"
- Zencare client • October 2022