Magdalena  Beneitez

Magdalena Beneitez

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
California Accepting Online
Carmel Valley Accepting In-person
Updated January 10, 2024

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adjustment difficulties & disorders
  • Couples counseling
  • Attachment issues
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Professional statement

Magdalena Beneitez is a bilingual and bicultural Marriage and Family Therapist in San Diego CA. She works with individuals, couples, families and groups who are encountering difficult dynamics or developing unhealthy/distressing emotional symptoms. Magdalena is particularly passionate about serving the Latino population.

Magdalena uses an integrative perspective. She uses the Family Systems approach as she focuses on the present and pays attention to one’s family of origin in a direct and non-confrontational manner to gain self-awareness in current relationships. The Cognitive-Behavioral approach allows her to focus on the present and interpersonal environments that perpetuate distorted/unrealistic thoughts and behaviors. This modality is directive and, actions, negotiations and contracts may be used to help modify cognitive and behavior patterns. She also uses the Positive Psychology perspective focusing on the strengths that enable individuals to thrive and the belief that people want meaningful and fulfilling lives. As a Humanistic therapist, she focuses on one’s present experience, one’s free choice and the idea that self- awareness leads to choices, responsibility and change.

Magdalena is committed to provide a safe environment, through the development of rapport and a high level of trust, where patients can identify personal challenges and achieve their goals.

Magdalena Benitez earned her Masters Degree at San Diego University for Integrative Studies. Outside of her current private practice, she loves to hike.

Message to clients

Therapy is a beautiful and complex journey. Patients identify personal challenges and work toward achieving their goals. My intention is to help them get a stronger sense of self-awareness, rediscover their inner strengths so that they can go from pain/survival to thriving and having a fulfilling life.

It has been my privilege and passion to provide services in English and Spanish to groups, adults, adolescents, children and couples for the last 19 years.


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

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

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Healing painful experiences and memories from the past


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Magdalena Beneitez is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $180 (50min)
  • Initial session: $180 (50min)
  • Couples sessions: $180 (50min)
  • Group sessions: $80 (120min)
  • Family sessions: $180 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly


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 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Carmel Valley practice
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Fri 9:00am- 9:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 21 years

Magdalena Beneitez MFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 2008 - Present
Community Resource Center, Bilingual/bicultural therapist, 2002 - 2008

SDUIS, MA, 2003


California: 45382




Client testimonials

"In two sessions Ms. Beneitez helped me find my center. I was lost and made an appointment with her out of despair. There is still work to be done, but I have begun to feel positive about my place in the world. I am looking forward to our next session."
- Zencare client • October 2023
"Magdalena got back to me right away concerning couples therapy and was super friendly and responsive over all. We were able to set up a quick phone consultation within the same week and she was very personable. Our first session felt like having a deep conversation with a friend but with some insightful and useful tips at the end. My boyfriend and I are excited to keep working with her and see what happens!"
- Zencare client • July 2022