Therapists Specializing in Existential Crisis & Challenges in Rhode Island

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 Rhode Island 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!


Deborah  Schuessler

Deborah Schuessler

9 South Angell Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Medicare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $100 - $165 per session

I work with people who are feeling overwhelmed by personal problems, depression, and anxiety. I’m interested in learning about you and helping you explore whatever issues and problems you’d like to address. In my experience, as you begin to feel supported by me and work on finding out who you are and what you want, you’ll develop your own personal and creative solutions.


David  Kahn

David Kahn

182 Butler Avenue, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $400 per session

Therapy is a healing process, which enables you to gain control of your life. It focuses on your personal issues that you need to understand and resolve. Therapy will help you decode your thoughts and emotional patterns that are preventing you from living a full life. Each person has the ability to create a unique set of life skills that gives them the power to change.


Sarah  Xavier

Sarah Xavier

652 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI, 02865

110 Main Street, East Greenwich, RI, 02818

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $350 per session

My work flows from the foundational belief that it is a privilege to be entrusted with the innermost thoughts of my clients.


Cynthia  Wilcox

Cynthia Wilcox

Online Sessions, RI

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

Hello- I am so looking forward to working with you. As you can see from my statement, I am very interactive with you and would love to hear your concerns. I once told a client, " when you have told me all your stories, even the most difficult ones, you will be well on your way to being healed." I will listen, cry, and laugh with you as you move along to freedom from your stuck narratives. I am still only doing telehealth and have had some of my most profound sessions remotely. Who knew! I hope you will join me.


Beverly  Serabian

Beverly Serabian

267 Gano Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

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

We're all blessed to be born into this life, and we have this one precious opportunity to develop ourselves. We all deserve to be loved and the place where love starts is self-love. The first and most important love is the love for yourself. We all deserve to feel safe and satisfied, and experience joy in our lives. When people come into therapy, they come in with pain, so the work is to move people from pain to peace, and the joy begins to emerge simply by removing that pain and finding peace. Some people are satisfied with finding peace, and that's wonderful; others may want more, and we can together work from that peaceful place to cultivate and realize their full potential. It's a wonderfully creative endeavor, and a beautiful way to live life.


Allison  Silvers

Allison Silvers

Online Sessions, RI

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

The decision to participate in psychotherapy can bring up mixed emotions, just as with other important and impactful life decisions and events. Exciting and perhaps a bit scary at the same time. As a therapist I hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable discussing your thoughts and concerns. For me, it is important that we work collaboratively to help you achieve better mental health and overall well-being. I utilize an integrative approach to therapy, including person-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based strategies. Through these techniques it is my hope that you become empowered to reach your full potential. I have worked with many clients who have shared with me the immense ways in which they suffer. I have also seen so much positive change that happens when someone has hope that things can get better for them and the confidence to take the first step on their journey. I truly feel everyone has the potential to grow and heal. I would love to help guide you during this process. I always feel a sense of gratitude and privilege in being part of someone's therapeutic journey. I look forward to hearing from you, and if it seems we might work well together I look forward to being part of your journey.


Sara B. Knight

Sara B. Knight

Online Sessions, RI

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

Therapy is a mode of relational experience. Over the course of the initial sessions, I endeavor to build a trusting and open relationship with my clients so that we can address their major areas of concern in a high-functioning interaction where strengths and competencies are highlighted, resources are identified, and goals are discovered and evolve.

Note on sliding scale due to COVID-19: When I offer a sliding scale to my clients, we have a conversation through which we arrive at a reasonable fee based on their honest assessment of what is affordable to them.  We work it out together.  No one should be without access to good therapy, especially during these extremely difficult times.  That said, for those who are experiencing less financial hardship may elect to pay more, their generosity will offset the need of others and allow me to care for more individuals in greater need.  We are in this together.


Christian  Weeks

Christian Weeks

205 Waterman Street, Providence, RI, 02906

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

I invite clients into a supportive and interactive atmosphere where they can set the pace of therapy, share and explore different emotions, and experience the importance of truly feeling heard and understood.
Gradually, I help clients develop skills to better manage their upsets, fears, or relational challenges, both past and present. From a mindful perspective, I challenge clients to find and create a ‘half full' mindset, developing an ability to move beyond emotional reactivity and overwhelm.
Regardless of the specific challenges, clients learn to better see the opportunities they have within their circumstances rather than feeling victimized by them. Clients learn to speak and move into a new way of being - one with a renewed sense of possibility, a reduction of fear, and with greater energy, peace, and freedom.


Andrew  Leonard

Andrew Leonard

Online Sessions, RI

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), Harvard Pilgrim, Medicare, United Healthcare, Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare), RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare), United Healthcare Student Health Plan, Optum, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $75 - $150 per session

Coming into therapy can be an extremely difficult decision. As such, the respect and appreciation I have for the courage it takes to reach out for help and to allow yourself to be vulnerable in therapy is immeasurable. The responsibility that comes along with this as a psychotherapist is something I will never take lightly or lose sight of. Therefore, I am 100% committed to the work we undergo together and will always aspire to offer a treatment environment in which you feel comfortable, respected, and valued at all times by a competent and empathic professional.

Our work together will always be a collaborative effort. If you find that you are having trouble believing in yourself, know that I do, and that we will work to get you to the point where you do as well. I truly believe that every human being is capable of making positive, meaningful changes, even when it may be challenging to believe this initially—all it takes is a small amount of willingness and open-mindedness to build upon. The fact that you are even reading this right now shows that you have both of these already.

Whenever you feel ready, please do not hesitate to reach out to chat a bit about any questions you may have or just to see if we are the right fit.


Scott  McDonald

Scott McDonald

Online Sessions, RI

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $400 per session

Entering a therapeutic relationship isn’t easy for everyone. Comfort and “fit” are extremely important, and from the beginning, we respectfully explore and establish compatibility. My commitment is to create safety and protect space for the broadest possible range of thoughts and feelings. Given my extensive experience across many disciplines, I am open to, and encouraging of, a diverse range of approaches to achieving wellbeing. I meet you where you are and introduce effective strategies for lasting change.


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