Dr. Joanna R. Benavidez, Ph.D.

Preferred Name: Joanna

Online Therapy

About Me

Dr. Joanna R. Benavidez is a clinical psychologist licensed in the state of California. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. She completed her Internship and Postdoctoral fellowship at Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Division of Mental Health in San Diego, CA. Dr. Benavidez practices several psychotherapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Supportive-Expressive Therapy (SET), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). These modalities are tailored specifically for each unique patient's needs. Dr. Benavidez is also trained to conduct presurgical psychiatric evaluations. She is contracted with Scripps in the San Diego region.

Education & Experience

A.A. Social Science; B.S. Clinical/ Abnormal Social Psychology; M.A. Clinical Psychology; Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Trained at a medical group (internship and postdoc completed at Scripps Medical Group)

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Green Hospital, Pegasus Rising Ranch, San Diego Pride

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Expats
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Aetna
  • Medicare
  • UnitedHealth