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Real change starts here.

Looking for a therapist can be intimidating.

My goal is to make the process as easy as possible, beginning with this website. explore to learn more about me, my approach to treatment, and how we can work together to address your specific needs.

 
 

Therapy Services

Psychotherapy is an opportunity to understand yourself and your concerns in a safe and collaborative environment. My practice is rooted in psychodynamic and existential-humanistic traditions that appreciate that the road to self-discovery is challenging, even painful at times, and best not traveled alone. Rather than offering "quick-fix" solutions that only hold up for a short while, I endeavor to help you implement meaningful and long-term change in your life. Together, we will explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in new ways, and in so doing promote a sense of inner freedom: the freedom to choose how you want to live.

I can help address your concerns in a variety of areas, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and panic
  • Relationship or interpersonal problems
  • "Digital addictions": excessive use of videogames, social media, pornography, etc.
  • Loss and grief
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • School and career concerns
  • Living with chronic medical illness
  • Feeling empty, creatively unfulfilled, or in despair
  • Wanting to know yourself better

No two treatments are alike, as psychotherapy is adapted to meet your unique needs and goals. During our initial consultation sessions, you and I will discuss your specific reasons for seeking therapy and how we can establish a treatment plan and goals that make sense for you.

 

Contact

(646) 535-3265
alexkriss@gmail.com

Location

124 East 40th Street
Suite 404
New York, NY 10016

Easily accessible via train:
4/5/6, 7, B/D/F/M, Times Sq. Shuttle, Metro North

 

Days & Times

Monday through Thursday, contact for specific availability

Biography

I am a New York State licensed clinical psychologist. I received my B.F.A in playwriting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research. My clinical internship training was completed at Columbia University Medical Center.

In addition to my private practice, I am a clinical supervisor at The New School for Social Research and the City College of New York, and have served as an adjunct professor of psychology at Fordham University. My writing on the intersection of mental health and technology has appeared in Kill Screen, Logic, and elsewhere. My first book, on videogames and psychotherapy, will be published by Robinson/Little, Brown in 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do sessions cost? Do you take insurance?

I am an in-network provider for Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Those covered by a different insurance company with out-of-network behavioral health benefits can also receive substantial reimbursements for treatment. If you are unsure of your coverage, I recommend you contact your insurance company in advance.

My standard rate per individual session is $220. I accept payment in the form of cash, check, and all major credit cards.

What's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists (like me) receive doctoral-level degrees (like a Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and have advanced training in psychotherapy and assessment. Psychiatrists hold medical degrees (M.D.) and therefore have expertise in biological processes and pharmacology, i.e. prescribing medication. If in the course of treatment you and I feel medication is needed in addition to therapy, I am able to refer you to a psychiatrist who will help manage that side of things while we continue our work together.

How do I know I'm choosing the "right" therapist or type of therapy?

A good working relationship between the therapist and client is one of the best predictors of a successful treatment. The ever-growing variety of therapies and therapist credentials can easily overwhelm this simple fact: What matters most is that you feel a genuine human connection with your therapist, a sense that he or she has the capacity to understand you and your concerns. The information on this website is intended to provide you with a preliminary idea of how I think and practice -- if my perspective seems in-synch with your own, there is good reason to think we will work well together.

The best way to know for sure is to come in for an initial evaluation. I devote our first 2-4 sessions to obtaining a comprehensive overview of who you are and what brings you to therapy, while giving you the opportunity to get to know me and how I work. At the end of the evaluation we will decide together whether continuing to work together is the best option for you. If not, I will provide referrals tailored to my understanding of you based on the evaluation process.

Contact

Feel free to contact me by phone at (646) 535-3265 or through the form below.

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