Alexander  Kriss

Alexander Kriss

Psychologist, PhD
New York Waitlist Online
Sleepy Hollow Waitlist In-person
Updated September 21, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Addiction
  • Trauma
  • Existential crisis

Professional statement

Dr. Alexander Kriss is a clinical psychologist based in the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow area of Westchester County. He specializes in personality disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), existential crises, depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral addictions, such as social media, gambling, and/or video games. He also has extensive experience working with individuals who are experiencing disruptions in their day-to-day functioning. He works with teens and adults across the lifespan.

Dr. Kriss’s treatment approach is largely psychoanalytic with a mixture of humanistic and existential therapies. He works with his clients to determine areas in which they are struggling, as well as the ways they do and do not find a sense of purpose in their lives.

Rather than just offer behavioral techniques, Dr. Kriss looks to understand the reasons behind troubling behaviors, so that clients are better able to make long-lasting changes. It is often difficult to change our actions because we do not know how else to achieve the feeling that those actions provide: by connecting past experiences to current issues, Dr. Kriss helps clients unearth the meaning behind behavior, so that they can start to feel more aware and in control.

Dr. Kriss received his MA and PhD from The New School for Social Research. He then completed internship training at Columbia University Medical Center. Outside of private practice, he is Director of the Fordham University Community Mental Health Clinic and author of the book "The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play" (The Experiment, 2020).


Message to clients

The road to healing can be winding and rough, and is best not traveled alone. My approach prioritizes creating a safe and open space in which to develop a deep understanding of who you are and how to pursue the life you want to live. Rather than offering ‘quick-fixes’ I endeavor to help you implement meaningful, lasting change and a sense of empowerment and inner freedom.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Borderline personality disorder - Increasing insight into relational patterns and destructive behaviors; development of coping strategies for uncomfortable emotions or situations; skills for emotional identification and regulation

Addiction - Coping with emotional discomfort and suffering; reducing or abstaining from unwanted behaviors such as unhealthy gambling or shopping

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Existential crisis - Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

Alexander Kriss is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (45min)
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:15am-4:15pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:45pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Sleepy Hollow practice
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:15am-4:15pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:45pm
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Interfaith Medical Center, 2014 - 2015
Columbia University Medical Center, Predoctoral Intern, 2013 - 2014

The New School for Social Research, PhD, 2014
NYU, BFA in Playwriting, 2007


Licensure

New York: 021264


Languages

English