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 only offering 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 books "The Gaming Mind: A New Psychology of Videogames and the Power of Play" (The Experiment, 2020) and the forthcoming "Borderline: The Biography of a Personality Disorder" (Beacon, 2024).
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
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Years of Experience: 9 years
Private Practice, 2015 - Present
Fordham University, Clinic Director, 2021 - Present
The New School for Social Research, PhD, 2014
NYU, BFA in Playwriting, 2007
New York: 021264