Therapists Specializing in Existential Crisis & Challenges in Maryland

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 Maryland 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!


Hannah  Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Online Sessions, MD

7000 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, MD, 20912

Waitlist available in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 per session

Having a space where all of you is welcomed, understood and supported can be a deeply healing experience. Your strengths, gifts, challenges, life story and experiences, the tender, painful, scary or confusing parts, the things you've never told anyone else- it's all welcome and deserves a safe space to be heard, honored and tended to with compassion. You're in the right place, you deserve to be here and I'm so glad you're here!


Alexandra  Friedman

Alexandra Friedman

Online Sessions, MD

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $140 per session

Do you feel like you are carrying around a heaviness inside? I am here to help you lighten your emotional load. I am a calm presence offering a healing space for you to grow.


Uzma  Knouss

Uzma Knouss

4905 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $180 per session

As a therapist, I believe it is my job is to help clients understand and create meaning of the problems they are experiencing and uncover how these problems are affecting their lives. Together we will learn how to make the changes that you need to in order to live a happier and more fulfilling life.


Megan  Rogers

Megan Rogers

Online Sessions, MD

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

If you look like you have it together, but secretly feel burnt out, exhausted, or doomed, then hi! It's so frustrating to feel like you have it together one minute and are falling apart the next. You don't have to feel this way forever. I can help.

My clients want to cope better, drink less, or shift unhelpful or unhealthy lifestyle habits that are keeping them stuck and feeling like crap. If you need a big dose of self-care, self-acceptance, or self-compassion, let's do this.

Finding a therapist can be weird. I've been told by new clients that they feel comfortable with me pretty quickly. I’m down-to-earth, believe in the healing and connective power of humor, and won’t shy away from a cuss word or two.

You deserve a space where you matter most. You can always expect to be treated with compassion and respect, and I will always be in your corner.


Matthew   Leary

Matthew Leary

4809 Saint Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 per session

We all need help sometimes dealing with life's struggles and challenges. You don't have to go through it alone. I find it takes courage for people to reach out for help and support, and that it is so valuable to invest in yourself to make the time to just be yourself for an hour a week and talk about whatever is important to you without needing to prove yourself or fearing being judged.

With my 15 years of experience as a psychologist and psychotherapist, we will work together to make deep, long-lasting changes to move through your pain and improve the quality of your life. You don't have to let stress, anxiety, anger, trauma, shame, or loss run your life or ruin your relationships. I have had countless clients share with me their appreciation about how much our therapy has improved their lives and made them feel more whole, brave, empowered, and authentic. I look forward to having the opportunity to partner with you in creating a more deep, rich, fulfilling life.


Vicki  Goodman

Vicki Goodman

5247 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC, 20015

Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $215 per session

People come for therapy when they are hurting or feeling stuck in unproductive thinking and behavior. Therapy can be a refuge for you to work through conflict, unpack painful experiences, and ultimately gain more understanding of yourself. It is a way of discovering truth and layers of meaning together with someone who offers support, respect, and an unbiased perspective. We will take a collaborative approach to help you identify patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are creating personal challenges. It can be confusing when we find ourselves in situations that seem to make little sense or are preventing us from feeling content. Often these are automatic responses that feel familiar but no longer work for us. We will explore what causes your suffering and what can alleviate your suffering.

Mindfulness based psychotherapy emphasizes and cultivates the capacity to see clearly what is arising in any moment and greet experience with wisdom and utmost compassion. So often there is clinging to an idea of wanting things to be a certain way or avoid what hurts. In this way there is a tendency to add on to the suffering with judgments and self limiting beliefs. Mindfulness can allow for an understanding that transformation comes from changing our relationship to what's happening – rather than trying to change what's happening. In this therapeutic process you can courageously cultivate a willingness to be open to the ephemeral nature of experience with honesty, patience, compassion and lovingkindness. This involves letting go of preconceptions, filters, projections and tendency to not live fully. What is often needed is a safe environment to cultivate acceptance and the willingness to honestly explore the truth of what is unfolding within yourself and the uncertainties of life.


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