Dr. Alexander Krieg (“Xander”) is a clinical psychologist born and raised in Michigan (USA). He has lived in Japan with his family for about five years, and speaks both English and Japanese.
Xander completed his B.A. in psychology, sociology, and Japanese studies at Hope College before moving to Hawaii to start his graduate training. He subsequently completed his M.A in Clinical Psychology in 2013 and then his dual-specialty Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Cultural Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2018. Xander received his temporary psychology license (TLLP 6301017513) from the Michigan State Board in 2018, and is currently under review for full licensure.
Xander has received a number of prestigious awards and recognition for his clinical and scholarly contributions. These include the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Grant, Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship, Hope College ‘10 under 10’ Award, ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellowship, and American Psychological Association National Undergraduate Research Award.
Xander has worked in community mental health centers, university counseling centers, and public schools in the United States (Hawaii, Michigan, and Washington) as well as a private group practice in Japan. He received specific training in evidence-based practice (EBP), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Xander is especially passionate about helping clients better articulate the values that make their lives meaningful and developing treatment plans that work to move clients towards that valued direction.
Xander works with adolescents and young adults experiencing a wide range of distressing concerns, and holds special expertise in such areas as anxiety, panic, depression, high functioning autism spectrum disorder (formerly Asperger’s syndrome), and issues related to acculturation and adjustment. Xander also provides consultation for corporations and organizations on HR-related issues and leadership development. Currently, Xander does not see clients whose primary concern is substance use issues or intellectual disability.
For psychological assessment, Xander typically works with children, adolescents, and young adults seeking academic accommodations for ADHD and/or specific learning disorders (SLD) in their respective educational institutions. Rather than focusing exclusively on diagnoses, the reports that Xander writes emphasize specific skill-building exercises that can be done at home, at school, and in therapy. These recommendations are individually-tailored and take the form of an abbreviated treatment plan that offers concrete next steps to the client and/or their families. Xander also provides estimates of the probability of success for each intervention based off of comparing client demographics and clinical presentation to the current scientific literature.
Xander is also passionate about group therapy. Some of the groups are specific to certain clinical syndromes (e.g., anxiety or depression), but others are more geared to general well-being, parenting, etc. Please inquire if interested.
Xander primarily uses acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), but will also incorporate techniques and strategies from other therapies such as applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and motivational interviewing (MI). He employs a strength-based model that capitalizes on the client’s relative strengths while making accommodations for areas of relative weakness.
Xander strives to meet clients where they are at and help them go where they want to go in their lives. Previous clients have described Xander as “not overly ‘gushy’ but 100% on your side,” “honest, genuine, and very knowledgeable about what would actually help me,“ and “someone who proved to me that therapy could actually work.”
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