Alexander W. Krieg, Ph.D.
U.S. Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Japan
General Approach to Common Concerns
Clinical Hours and Session Fees

Mondays     10:00 - 13:00

Tuesdays     10:00 - 15:00

Thursdays   10:00 - 15:00

50-minute Session   ¥12,500

80-minute Session   ¥19,000

Needs-based Sliding Fee Scale

Dr. Alexander Krieg (“Xander”) is a clinical psychologist born and raised in Michigan (USA). He has lived in Kobe, Japan with his family since 2019, and speaks both English and Japanese.


Dr. 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. Dr. Xander received his psychology license (6351004125) from the Michigan State Board in 2020.

Currently, Dr. Xander works as an assistant professor at a local university in Kobe. Between teaching classes and running his research lab, he strives to support his local expat community in Kobe and beyond by offering psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services.

Dr. 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.

Clinical Work:

Dr. 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). Dr. 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.


Dr. Xander works with adolescents and adults experiencing a wide range of distressing concerns, and holds special expertise in such areas as anxiety, panic, depression, emotion management, high functioning autism spectrum disorder (formerly Asperger’s syndrome), and issues related to acculturation and adjustment. Dr. 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.


Treatment Approach: 

Dr. 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. Dr. 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 Dr. 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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