Dr. Alexander Kriss is a Clinical Psychologist in the Murray Hill neighborhood in Manhattan who specializes in personality disorders, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), existential crises, life transitions, depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral addictions, such as social media use, gambling, sports betting, 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 reason(s) 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.
For clients who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression for the first time, Dr. Kriss focuses early sessions on providing psychoeducation and helping them better understand why they are feeling the way they are. Clients will develop the vocabulary to better articulate what they are experiencing, which is an essential first step to change.
Dr. Kriss wants his clients to leave sessions feeling confident in their ability to handle the day-to-day challenges they may face. He offers a safe space for individuals to heal and grow. He 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 a clinical supervisor at The New School for Social Research and the City College of New York and an adjunct professor of psychology at Fordham University. His office is conveniently located just a few blocks from Grand Central.