Dr. Michael Cristiano, PSY.D
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Dr. Michael Cristiano, PSY.D

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Clinical Psychology | Male

Primary Care Psychology, PLC 1200 N Federal Hwy Ste 200 Boca Raton, FL 33432 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

It's about speaking freely and openly about what matters to you most. It's about creating a strong support system of acceptance, empowerment and growth. Dr. Cristiano provides a safe and confidential environment to explore your personal issues candidly without fear of encountering judgment, ignorance or prejudice. Dr. Cristiano will work collaboratively with you each step of the way to identify core issues, set realistic goals and earnestly attain them. Why not grab everything life has to offer? The best time is NOW!

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Biography

Counseling and psychotherapy are very similar mental health treatments. Counseling tends to focus on the 'here and now', the problems at hand. Psychotherapy tends to examine a client's past in relation to current problems. Psychotherapy is more in-depth and requires a scientific understanding of human nature and psychological dysfunction. A Clinical Psychologist is the most highly trained and credentialed psychotherapist, practicing from a non-medicinal approach to mental health. Psychologists are the only practitioners who are licensed to practice psychology. Although psychologists are trained in pharmacotherapy, they exclusively employ cognitive, behavioral and emotional treatments in their psychological practices. A psychotherapist is not a licensable profession. Florida and most other states do not issue licenses in psychotherapy. In essence, there is no such thing as a 'licensed psychotherapist', although many people use this term in their self-promotion. These individuals are usually licensed social workers, licensed counselors or licensed marriage and family therapists. They are not licensed to practice psychology.

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Dr. Cristiano's Experience

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Dr. Cristiano's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cristiano to family and friends
4.3
based on 6 total surveys (3 with reviews)
Dr. Cristiano's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    EXCELLENT
  • Office environment
    EXCELLENT
  • Staff friendliness
    EXCELLENT
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Reviews (3)
in Pompano Beach, FL |
Finally a psychologist you can sit across from who listens, suggests and works with you. He is like being with a good friend who wants to help you. Also when I've gone back it's like continuing where you left off. I can talk to him in "guy talk" using terms or words I'm comfortable with. I'm not sure if I care about messages that don't go directly to him especially if I need to talk to him by the end of the day. Sometimes that fast reassurance is enough when over-stressed. He really is great.
in Boca Raton, FL |
Dr. Cristiano has been so helpful for me in dealing with some very difficult relationship problems. I didn't know how I was ever going to get through it. He helped me and keeps on helping me. I am so grateful to him. By the way, his new office and staff in Boca are so warm and friendly. Thank you.
in Boca Raton, FL |
Dr. Cristiano made me feel comfortable immediately upon meeting him. He listened intently and quickly figured out the best way to communicate with me -- it takes me a while to warm up and talk and he was understanding and patient. I highly recommend visiting Dr. Cristiano if you are interested in someone truly listening to you and giving you feedback that's honest and encouraging.
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Dr. Cristiano says...

Counseling and psychotherapy are very similar mental health treatments. Counseling tends to focus on the 'here and now', the problems at hand. Psychotherapy tends to examine a client's past in relation to current problems. Psychotherapy is more in-depth and requires a scientific understanding of human nature and psychological dysfunction. A Clinical Psychologist is the most highly trained and credentialed psychotherapist, practicing from a non-medicinal approach to mental health. Psychologists are the only practitioners who are licensed to practice psychology. Although psychologists are trained in pharmacotherapy, they exclusively employ cognitive, behavioral and emotional treatments in their psychological practices. A psychotherapist is not a licensable profession. Florida and most other states do not issue licenses in psychotherapy. In essence, there is no such thing as a 'licensed psychotherapist', although many people use this term in their self-promotion. These individuals are usually licensed social workers, licensed counselors or licensed marriage and family therapists. They are not licensed to practice psychology.

Dr. Cristiano's Care Philosophy

It's about speaking freely and openly about what matters to you most. It's about creating a strong support system of acceptance, empowerment and growth. Dr. Cristiano provides a safe and confidential environment to explore your personal issues candidly without fear of encountering judgment, ignorance or prejudice. Dr. Cristiano will work collaboratively with you each step of the way to identify core issues, set realistic goals and earnestly attain them. Why not grab everything life has to offer? The best time is NOW!

Dr. Cristiano says...

Dr. Cristiano specializes in solution-focused psychotherapy that is brief, targeted and highly effective. Some areas of expertise include treating mood disorders, anger management, bereavement, addictions, relationship problems, anxiety/stress management, sex/sexuality issues, gay/lesbian issues, identity/self-esteem problems.

Dr. Cristiano says...

There are times when it can seem very difficult to cope with life's difficulties and stress. Such difficulties can include:   

  • Persistent feelings of dissatisfaction and lack of meaning in one's life  
  • Relationship problems   
  • Low self worth
  • Overly self critical
  • Sexual concerns   
  • Work problems   
  • Loneliness
  • Moodiness   
  • Sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Feelings of failure
  • Stress or anxiety   
  • Problems with anger   
  • Feeling out of control   
  • Feeling unappreciated
  • Feeling unimportant and under-valued.

In such circumstances, individual, couples or family sessions with Dr. Cristiano can help you regain control over your life and develop strategies to achieve lifelong solutions. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Our professional offices provide for a comfortable, friendly environment to help overcome obstacles, confront destructive patterns, or simply implement beneficial change.

Dr. Cristiano's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Specializes in Clinical Psychology
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Background Check

  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Florida.

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  • 0
    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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  • 0
    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Conditions Treated

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Attack
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Depressive Episode
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Stress

Education

  • Medical School
    Miami Institute Of Psychology

    Graduated in 1999

  • Internship Hospital
    Faulk Center For Counseling

    Completed in 1998

  • Residency Hospital
    Psychological Associates Of The Palm Beaches

    Completed in 2000

  • Fellowship Hospital
    American College Of Forensic Examiners Institute

    Completed in 2001

  • Undergraduate School
    Pace University, New York

    Graduated in 1994

  • Other Education
    American Board Of Psychological Specialties

    Completed in 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Clinical Psychology

Procedures Performed

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling Services
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Counseling
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Grief Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Marital Counseling
  • Marital Therapy
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Stress Management