Therapists Specializing in Existential Crisis & Challenges in San Francisco Bay Area

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 Francisco Bay Area 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!


Angelynn  Hermes

Angelynn Hermes

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $160 - $200 per session

Those who come to me for therapy are seeking to go deep, to process and heal past hurts, and to cultivate more meaningful and rewarding connections and relationships in their lives. Many of the people I see are navigating expansive and challenging experiences of intimacy, relationships, trauma, grief, sexuality, and gender, or struggles with mental wellness that have either arisen suddenly or been present for many years.

In therapy I seek to build a relationship that allows you to process and understand vulnerable parts of yourself and deeply felt emotions while we also look together for ways to shift patterns and behaviors in order to build the life and relationships you long for. For those looking to process parts of yourself and past experience that you may have turned away from exploring in the past, I am ready to go there with you, providing support in navigating challenging emotions and circumstances to find your inner resilience and most authentic expression of yourself.


Bernard  Douglas

Bernard Douglas

Online Sessions, CA

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

Reclaim Your Life Today: Live the Life You Want to Live

I have deep regard for everyone's unique story and am absolutely confident that my clients can have the life they want to live and I am grateful to be invited to do the work with them to get them there.

The principles of curiosity, availability and permission frame the dialog which is our work together.  I also encourage a practice of gratitude, “Gratitude is not a denial that life is sometimes hard, Gratitude is an admission that life isn’t hard all of the time.”

Understanding how our past has influenced our life enables us to recognize that we have choices today; the past is a window into what has already happened, the future is formed out of the present that we live today.  Through our dialog clients are able to reclaim their life from the past so they can be free to be the person they want to be, living the life they want to have. 


Daniel A. Linder

Daniel A. Linder

Online Sessions, CA

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

The common denominator in virtually all of my clients' struggles and problems is the lack of relationship with Self.

The relationship with your Self is the most important relationship. It's the “X-factor” for empowerment, change through awareness and action, and what makes transformation possible.

The common denominator in virtually all of the problems and symptoms that bring people to therapy is relationships, past and current and there is a prevailing lack of knowhow to boot.

Most of the relationships I work come in are mired in discord and disconnection due to the backlog of unexpressed feelings and unresolved issues that never get any airtime and a palpable wedge of mistrust and unsafety between them

Relationships are as good as the conversations had. Can you talk to each other? How much do you talk to each other? What can you talk about? But, more importantly, how well do they understand each other and feel in the process.

Usually the first conversation I facilitate and one you can expect to have, one I consider to be perhaps the most standard and basic one every couple needs to be able to have is, How are you feeling in the relationship and towards each other?

I create a safe space for you to begin having these ‘more difficult’ conversations and facilitate a process that ensures that you talk and listen to each other in a way, and about things, you never did before.


Sharma  Bennett

Sharma Bennett

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $125 - $185 per session

Although it can be difficult to reach out for help, I believe we are most fully alive when we embrace our potential for growth. Often the desire to make more informed choices and gain a deeper understanding of who you are leads to increased self regard and less fear. Feeling fearful while moving forward is possible; the first step may be making the call to begin the process.


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.


Matthew  Calkins

Matthew Calkins

Online Sessions, CA

Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 - $250 per session

Therapy is, above all things, a relationship. There are many experiences and struggles that are simply too much to handle on our own. And yet, many learn to hide our vulnerability and needs in the world for the sake of psychological survival. My work is focused on addressing that dilemma - to help you share important, often painful realities, and to reduce any anxiety that comes up for you as you participate in an essential human need - telling your story.

Working across settings has provided me with the opportunity to serve people from diverse backgrounds, identities and lived experiences. I have come to appreciate the necessity of culturally responsive therapy for all, particularly for those with marginalized identities. I am committed to addressing racism, and other 'ism' and the harms they cause to the people I serve. Given how much I value the therapy relationship, I welcome frank and open discussions about the differences between us, and how they impact our relationship.


Sarah A.  Miller

Sarah A. Miller

Online Sessions, CA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $500 per session

I believe that mental well-being helps women succeed financially and professionally which helps the world. A network of female wealth and success will move the world forward. I work with each woman to build resilience, intentionality, and hope, bringing their impact and purpose to the world.


Carol  Randolph

Carol Randolph

Online Sessions, CA

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

Effective therapy requires a reliable framework and trust in order to proceed.

My theoretical orientation is based on Self Psychology, which developed out of a more traditional psychoanalytic psychotherapy. This approach has guided me to trust the motivations of patients and better understand material from their points of view.

My goal is to create the space where a range of thoughts and feelings may be safely expressed, where patients can use the relationship with me the way they need to do so. This is a less authoritative model, more creative as it permits me to rely on both my training and intuition in providing optimal care.


Janelle  Farias

Janelle Farias

Online Sessions, CA

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.


Andrew  Katsinas

Andrew Katsinas

Online Sessions, CA

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!


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