Therapists Specializing in Existential Crisis & Challenges in Connecticut

Whenever you’re faced with an important decision or life transition, it’s natural for larger questions about meaning and purpose to arise. Although existential challenges can surface at any time, they may be especially common upon entering a new life stage or when self-identity starts to shift, such as when making a career change or deciding to recommit to (or leave) a relationship. When these experiences lead to intense preoccupation with questions of greater meaning, feelings of a loss of control, and worry about the future, it can amount to existential crisis.

Therapy can help both in moments of existential crisis and in general exploration of one's values and existential beliefs. Some therapists even provide existential therapy, a philosophically-rooted approach that focuses on meaning, freedom, connection, and mortality.

Find vetted therapists in Connecticut who specialize in existential challenges and crises below. Visit each provider profile to watch their introductory video and book a free call to find a good fit!


Kevin  Makarewicz

Kevin Makarewicz

31 Halsey Drive, Greenwich, CT, 06870

Online Sessions, CT

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $200 per session

My work is based on the attitude that whatever pain or situation you are suffering- who you are is larger than that pain or situation.

I want you to know that no matter what you have experienced in your life, there is a way to cope and ultimately transform your life to have purpose. meaning and joy.

I would be honored to accompany you in your process of healing.


Molly  Giorgio

Molly Giorgio

124 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT, 06095

Online Sessions, CT

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Therapy is a process and a process I believe in. I value authenticity, humor and human connection in my clinical work and believe that these are essential elements of healing. Through our conversations, we will explore, discover and process how your past can influence the present and future and hopefully deepen your understanding of the self and increase awareness of how you are and how you would like to be.

My clients inspire me. They are brave and real and they show up even when life gets hard. They want to get to know themselves in a deep and meaningful way and by doing that, they live the life they imagine. Some of my clients have experienced loss. Many times that means the death loss of a loved one but sometimes it means the loss of a meaningful relationship, or job, or identity. Some of my clients want to become more confident and feel empowered to live a life that is full to them. Other clients of mine have had childhoods that they are now recognizing have impacted their life and would like to look at those experiences.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and really value the relationship that we build together. I will be real with you in the room in the hopes that we can have an authentic conversation about what is really going on in your life. I will not be a blank slate but instead will ask you great questions, laugh with you, support you, and be honest with you.

If we decide to work together, you won’t just get a smile and nod therapist or a blank slate. You will get a real person in the room with you. Yes, a highly trained professional but more importantly, a human being who believes in empathy, resilience and the power of human connection. We will work together to create a treatment plan that works for you.


Branwen  OShea-Refai

Branwen OShea-Refai

41 Village Lane, Bethany, CT, 06524

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Cigna, Multiplan or PHCS, United Healthcare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $120 per session

Finding the right therapist makes all the difference, so here’s a few things about how I work. I believe in basic kindness and honesty and that all people are incredible in their own way. I will work as hard as you want at the pace you want, or take things really slowly if the idea of therapy makes you nervous. Whatever your pace, I will also remind you to have fun along the way, because a big part of healing is reconnecting with the small joys and humorous moments of life.


David  Gofman

David Gofman

3074 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT, 06518

Online Sessions, CT

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $175 per session

The focus of my work is simple: helping you to increase the happiness and fulfillment you experience in your life. How exactly we do that is something I hope to explore and identify together. I know first hand that deciding to make a lasting change in your life takes real strength and courage. I also know that the fruits of that labor are almost always well worth it. Through a collaborative approach, I work to help you take back control of your life, and to close the gap between the person you want to be and the person you are today.

I specialize in working with young adults and adolescents who are experiencing difficult periods of transition. Whether you are experiencing stress, anxiety, anger, depression, uncertainty about the present or future, or just have a sense that things could be better, I look forward to learning about what is causing you to seek help, and offering you the tools to live life on your terms.


Neal  Sardana

Neal Sardana

420 Highland Avenue, Cheshire, CT, 06410

Online Sessions, CT

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $60 - $100 per session

Through both professional and personal experience, I know career development can be a challenging process. It encompasses our mental health, knowing ourselves, putting ourselves out there, navigating expectations and trying to make the right choice among so many options. With empathy and compassion, my goal is to make career development an empowering process helping you connect to who you are, find meaningful work, and live the life you want.


Amy  Owen

Amy Owen

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Cigna, Magellan Health, United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 per session

Welcome. I’m thrilled you’ve made it here. 

I am here to help—to help you move beyond the mental roadblocks and anxious feelings that seem overwhelming and are holding you back; to help you reset and reconnect with the feelings of comfort and calm that have gone missing; and, above all, to help you build your sense of empowerment to move through the world on your own terms with feelings of independence, confidence, and pride. 

I specialize in helping teens, families, and young professionals navigate life’s transitions. 

Maybe you’re struggling to find your feet at a new school or office. Maybe you’re ramping up to make a major decision. Maybe you’ve come to rely on a network of support, only to find it slipping lately. Or, maybe you’re just feeling a bit lost or out-of-sorts, and you’re not exactly sure why. 

If you’re a parent reading this, maybe you’re feeling like you don’t recognize your son or daughter anymore, or maybe your recent efforts to help your child cope and flourish have been coming up short. 

Whatever the case, I am here to help.


Jorge  Fernandez

Jorge Fernandez

3074 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT, 06518

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Medicaid, United Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Connecticare
Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $175 per session

Thank you for visiting my profile.  If you are looking to work with me, you are ready to roll up your sleeves and be ready for me to help you learn new skills and try new, perhaps scary, things.  Therapy is hard work. It involves going into the outside world and trying new, often scary things, whether that may be with our partners, families, or even ourselves. It's often by taking ourselves out of our comfort zone, and breaking up those same old patterns that are not working for us, that we truly begin to see change.  Working with me means that we are in this together, and I look forward to going on this journey with you.


Sarah  Monteleone

Sarah Monteleone

1 Bradley Road, Woodbridge, CT, 06525

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, Medicare, United Healthcare, Magellan Health
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

I endeavor to create a holding space to allow exploration, healing and growth. My hope is to co-construct treatment and empower clients to define their own life stories, create meaning, and ultimately heal.


Patrick  Davin

Patrick Davin

270 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT, 06830

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Aetna, Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Optum, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $85 - $150 per session

My goals as a therapist are simple: To help you overcome your current problems through honest reflection and collaboration in an empathetic, non-judgmental and trusting therapeutic relationship. I want you to leave my office feeling stronger, more resilient, self-aware, and hopeful about your future. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, depression, substance issues, a challenging transition like separation or divorce, or just the day-to-day stress of managing life, we'll work together to find the solutions that will ease your symptoms and, most importantly, help you heal and grow.

I regularly counsel patients dealing with relationship and family problems, those contemplating separation or divorce, as well as those struggling with destructive personal behaviors, anxiety, and depression. I additionally work with clients who have experienced trauma and many wanting to improve their self-worth.

My passion for counseling is rooted simply in a desire to help people heal and find a path to happiness. I have a flexible, eclectic, and creative approach that's designed to meet your individual needs. Your goals are my goals-let's reach them together.


Nicholas  Despoelberch

Nicholas Despoelberch

903 Post Road, Darien, CT, 06820

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Connecticare
Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $85 - $100 per session

It takes courage to ask for help. I have experienced real adversity and know how to help you create lasting change in your life. I offer a space that is free of judgment and full of passion. Let's get to a new life.


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