Therapists Specializing in Existential Crisis & Challenges in San Diego

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 San Diego 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!

Therapists of New York

Therapists of New York

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $225 - $250 per session

Therapists of New York is a team of doctoral level psychotherapists. We treat individuals and couples struggling with a wide-range of difficulties and/or psychological disorders. We customize treatment to meet each client's individual needs by utilizing our expertise in multiple therapeutic techniques. Our clients are matched by our founder and director, Dr. Elinor Bock, based on personality and specific goals. The matching process relieves the initial hardship of shopping around for the right therapist.

We are a diverse group of therapists with a unified mission: we foster awareness, clarity, relief, and confidence in our clients so that they can overcome obstacles and live freely. We value the importance of genuine, fulfilling, and secure connection with all our clients so they can get the most out of the therapeutic experience.

Hannah  Harte

Hannah Harte

Online Sessions, CA

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

In this busy, face-paced world, where we are inundated by information and so much is asked of us by our jobs, relationships, families and communities, I’ve found it is incredibly beneficial (but often difficult) to prioritize time for oneself. Therapy offers a chance to give yourself a pause, to slow down, to reconnect with yourself, and to take a deeper look at your experience within a safe and supportive environment.

For many, simply making the decision to seek therapy is a major first step, and one you can feel proud of. Life can certainly have its peaks and valleys, and throughout it all, therapy can help one navigate these experiences. In sessions, we will work together and at your own pace. I will support you in facing issues that feel painful, overwhelming or confusing, and to make meaning of these experiences. I will help you access your own internal strength and resilience as you take steps in the healing process and in the challenging, yet rewarding, journey of change.

Finding a good fit with a therapist can sometimes take a little time and effort. I encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have about me or the therapeutic process, and to see if we might be a good match.

Andrew  Katsinas

Andrew Katsinas

Online Sessions, CA

4153 Utah Street, San Diego, CA, 92104

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 - $225 per session

I believe that therapy should always be a safe environment, but "comfort" may need to be challenged in order for desired, transformative change to occur. My clients tend to come at a weekly session frequency for maintenance of a steady "flow" to our work.

My hope for any potential client is that they find the therapist that sufficiently aligns with their needs. If we find that after a couple sessions that our dynamic is not quite working, I will help you find a therapist that is a better fit.

Please feel free to contact me for a free, 15 minute phone consultation to determine whether we are a good therapeutic match. I look forward to hearing from you!

Elizabeth  Torres

Elizabeth Torres

12625 High Bluff Drive, San Diego, CA, 92130

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients in-person & online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $200 - $250 per session

Therapy can be a helpful way to find clarity and courage about what you are wanting for your life. I work well with people who “think too much” and are “too sensitive” or “intense”. I take a practical approach and am happy to answer any questions you may have. I’m currently offering telehealth only for clients in California and Massachusetts.

Before the first meeting I send some questionnaires through my secure online portal to get a sense of how someone is doing using standardized measures (5-10 minutes max to complete). In the first meeting for individual therapy, or Initial Evaluation (75 minutes), we will talk about what you want help with and what your life is like. I will be interactive and collaborative as we identify things you would like to work on or things you would like to change. I will be honest about whether I think I can be helpful.

For couples, I will spend 120 minutes for a first session so there is time to hear from both members of the couple about their lives and what they are needing help with. After the initial evaluation individual sessions are typically 50 minutes and couples’ sessions are 90 minutes, unless otherwise arranged.

While many clients come weekly at first, I also work with people on a bi-weekly, monthly, or even episodic basis. I invite you to reach out and see if we are a good fit.

Straight Up Treatment

Straight Up Treatment

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

Straight Up Treatment is a group therapy practice located near the Beverly Hills/Century City area of Los Angeles. Their providers offer individual, couples, parent, group, and family therapy session, and specialize in anxiety, depression, life transitions, and coaching services.

Janelle  Farias

Janelle Farias

Online Sessions, CA

San Diego, CA, 92103

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 - $160 per session

A mental health therapist is responsible for getting a clear picture of each patient's individual needs to understand what must be discussed during therapy. Each provider has a unique way of formulating an approach to engage the patients. I see value in collaborating with patients to explore healing tactics that they find interesting.

Engaging patients to explore their strengths is an excellent strategy to build rapport and trust in a therapeutic relationship. As a therapist, I like to pay special attention to what patients desire to do and can put their whole focus on.

Manuel  Manotas

Manuel Manotas

Online Sessions, CA

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

Maybe it's time to stop trying to think our way out of anxiety. “If I do this, I'll be ok,” or “Once I accomplish that and that other thing happens, then I’ll finally be ok."

Does it work? No it doesn't. It might give us a brief sense of relief that gets quickly replaced by the next wave of anxiety. Yet for some strange reason we keep practicing mental gymnastics in a futile attempt to calm the mind, only agitating it more. It's like we keep banging our heads agains a wall in an attempt to get rid of a headache. Are you ready to try something that works? Then let me tell you about how I work.

Besides utilizing the tools of traditional therapy (looking at the past for understanding the problem and shifting our negative thinking patterns), I use cutting edge body based techniques to help you reduce anxiety and feel better. These techniques bypass the thinking mind and address directly the source of anxiety in the body.

Donna  McCann

Donna McCann

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $250 per session

We all experience times in our lives or specific challenges that cause us to feel frustrated, anxious, depleted, stuck, or otherwise dissatisfied. Whatever the reason for you seeking out therapy at this time in your life, I believe it's an opportunity for greater self-knowledge to promote change in your life and develop skills to cope with life's challenges. It takes courage to sort through confusion and pain, and in our collaborative work you can find meaning and hope.

My style is compassionate, engaging and mindful, and I strive to build a safe and trusting relationship as we get to know each other. With a psychodynamic approach, we explore the subconscious patterns that are playing out in your present life and bring them to your awareness so that you are free to chart the course of your life.

My goal is to aid you in recognizing your mind-body connection, allowing for the restoration of your emotional well-being and the strengthening of your resilience. We possess greater ability for change when we begin to understand what our body is telling us. My prior practice as a chiropractor has prepared me to guide you through that mind-body connection so that you may begin to find your way towards a greater sense of well-being and personal growth.

I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Alisa  Rosenberg

Alisa Rosenberg

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $275 per session

While I am an evidence-based trained clinical psychologist, I am unique because I integrate these traditional approaches to treatment with the metaphysical, spiritual, and nonconventional ideas I feel so drawn to as a person. My approach is strongly spirit and energy based, using metaphors, visualizations, and paying attention to intentions, emotions, and intuition as paramount in self-discovery, and in moving through one’s life path. I believe clients who are drawn to me are an energetic “match” and that we will have something to offer each other in the way of personal development. In that, I am genuinely looking forward to beginning our therapy connection.

Abby  Krom

Abby Krom

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $200 per session

You’re ready for a change and although you may not be sure how therapy will help you, you are wanting to see what’s possible for your life. Therapy with me provides a space away from your family and friends to really express what’s going on for you. It’s a non-judgmental space but I am an active therapist. I listen with curiosity and offer feedback based on what I am hearing. It’s important to have a dialogue and explore what is going on for you in new ways.

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