Therapists Specializing in Existential Crisis & Challenges in Washington DC

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 Washington DC 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!


Earta  Norwood

Earta Norwood

324 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, VA

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

I use video therapy to empower your ability for self-care, because your time is the most precious commodity and sitting in traffic just isn't very conducive to finding meaning and relief.


Matt  Zimmerman

Matt Zimmerman

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, DC

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

We all struggle at some point in our lives with our careers, relationships, family roles, or coping with our past. My goal is to help you process those struggles in a way that helps you have the most meaning, purpose, impact and satisfaction in your life.

I bring cultural, feminist and relational lenses to our work together as we collaboratively come to understand your experiences and make the most of them in your journey. You are the expert of you, and my role is to help you make sense and make use of what we explore in the therapeutic space.

If you are ready to take that next step in therapy, then I look forward to working with you.


Vicki  Goodman

Vicki Goodman

Online Sessions, DC

5247 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC, 20015

Accepting new clients online
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.


Kristin  Staroba

Kristin Staroba

1201 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, 20036

Online Sessions, DC

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

We all need help sometimes. Relationships, career, family, money, health, sex—each aspect of our lives is built from our histories (what we bring with us from the past) and our habits (how we respond in the moment). Therapy is a place to take a deeper look at ourselves, and turn over all the puzzle pieces to discover how they fit to make a picture. Being aware of what shapes behaviors and responses can give us leverage to make choices that bring more joy, satisfaction, and energy.


Megan  Connell

Megan Connell

Online Sessions, VA

Online Sessions, DC

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $220 per session

Offering teletherapy.

Dr. Megan Connell is a board-certified clinical psychologist whose practice encompasses a wide variety of topics and approaches. She works to empower her clients through the use of ACT and Superhero Therapy.

Her innovated work with girls, geeks and games has garnered her national attention, particularly for her work in applied role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons. Dr. Connell has appeared on Geek and Sundry to talk about the interface of gaming and psychology, regularly speaks at major gaming conventions nationally.


Alexandra  Friedman

Alexandra Friedman

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, VA

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.


Matthew   Leary

Matthew Leary

4809 Saint Elmo Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

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.


Uzma  Knouss

Uzma Knouss

4905 Del Ray Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814

Online Sessions, MD

Online Sessions, DC

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.


Rebecca  Newkirk

Rebecca Newkirk

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, VA

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

You’re getting everything done, and anyone on the outside would say you’re absolutely rocking it. But for some reason you never quite feel that way. It always feels like you’re one misstep from everything falling apart, or letting everyone down. 

You don’t have to feel this way all the time. You can start to breathe more and worry less. You can feel more confident in your relationships and trust yourself and your decisions more instead of always second guessing. 

Our work together, at its core, is building a relationship where you can safely and honestly explore your thoughts and feelings so you can move forward.


Adam  Prestegord

Adam Prestegord

2 Herbert Street, Alexandria, VA, 22305

Online Sessions, DC

Online Sessions, VA

Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $110 - $165 per session

Thanks for your interest. I hope to help you gain a better understanding of yourself and assist you towards your personal goals. I work as a psychodynamic therapist, meaning that together we can examine how unconscious beliefs, past relationships, and our interactions in the present moment affect you and your current concerns. Additionally, I use CBT and mindfulness strategies to help develop healthy coping skills. I specialize in the LGBTQ population, but welcome all who are seeking support and wanting to build personal insight.


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