Alexander  Kriss

Alexander Kriss

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients for afternoon & daytime appointments in Murray Hill practice (updated March 25, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

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

Professional statement

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.

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.


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

General expertise


Alexander Kriss is accepting clients paying listed fees or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield

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

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $250 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $200 - $250
  • Initial session: $250 (45min)

Therapist's note

Please note that Dr. Kriss is currently not accepting clients with Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.

Dr. Kriss can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Murray Hill practice

124 East 40th Street

New York, NY 10016

  • Mon 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-5:00pm
  • 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


  • English

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