Dr. Michael Cristiano, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Michael Cristiano, Clinical Psychologist
Primary Care Psychology, PLC 1200 N. Federal Hwy Suite 200 Boca Raton, FL 33432

Dr. Michael Cristiano, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Cristiano is a Clinical Psychologist, who is interactive, compassionate and empowering. Dr. Cristiano employs an eclectic theoretical understanding of psychology that is derived from psychoanalysis, behaviorism and cognitive therapies. Clinical Psychologists are scientists who understand human nature and psychological dysfunction at the core level. Psychologists are not only trained to counsel, problem-solve and help resolve day-to-day issues, they are also highly skilled at diagnosing and treating the roots of maladaptive behavior. Addressing the root nature of a problem is necessary in order to minimize its harmful effects, reduce its recurrence and, if possible, eliminate it entirely.

Dr. Cristiano strives to instill hope, confidence and independence.

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.

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’s professional offices are conveniently located at the intersection of Glades Road and Federal Highway (US1) in Boca Raton at the serene 1200 Corporate Place building.

Please contact the Care Coordinator at (954) 899-0090 to schedule your initial consultation.


Clinical Psychologist (since 2001)
Florida Board of Psychology (Lic. No. PY6322)

Board Certified:
Fellow – American College of Forensic Examiners Institute (ID No. 21768)
Diplomate – American Board of Psychological Specialties, Psychotherapy (2009)
Diplomate – American Board of Psychological Specialties, Medical Psychology (2001)
Primary Specialty


Gender Male
Services Psychological Services

Primary Care Psychology, PLC provides teens, adults, and seniors psychological counseling, psychotherapy, and assessment for individuals, couples, and families. Our practice specializes in solution-focused psychotherapy that is brief, targeted, and highly effective. Dr. Cristiano employs an eclectic theoretical understanding of mental health that is derived from psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and cognitive therapies.

Dr. Cristiano is adept at working with clients/patients experiencing all levels of psychological pain. Dr. Cristiano helps his clients/patients achieve clarity; develop optimism; identify what is disturbing and hurting them and most importantly helps them define strategies for gaining a sense of control over their lives. Thankfully, society has become more sophisticated in its attitudes toward mental health and the old stigmas are no longer relevant. Nearly anyone can benefit from psychological treatments by gaining insight, control, power and fulfillment in their life.

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
Sexual concerns
Work problems
Loneliness, moodiness
Sadness, hopelessness, depression, feelings of failure, stress or anxiety
Problems with anger
Feeling out of control
Feeling unappreciated, 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.

Counseling and Psychotherapy

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.


How can psychological counseling and therapy help me?
A problem shared is indeed a problem halved. A Psychologist is trained to listen effectively and help you find a way forward through your problems. You may not be aware of patterns or triggers, or links to your past, because you are so integrally involved in your problems. A Psychologist is outside the situation and remains objective. Often, just talking with a Psychologist about your problems can help release pent-up feelings and reduce your anxiety.

How long does treatment take?
Most people feel relief after one initial consultation. The duration of treatment is dependent upon a number of factors such as client/patient motivation, duration of symptoms and the nature of the psychological issue(s) at hand. Nevertheless, most clients attend 8 to 12 sessions. At that point most clients feel as if their symptoms are under control and they can take what they’ve learned and apply it to their daily living. Thereafter, many clients return for follow-up visits on an “as needed basis” as issues arise in their lives.

How long do sessions last?
A session lasts 45 minutes. Typically, sessions occur weekly. However, some clients/patients find it more helpful to begin treatment twice a week (when their symptoms are the most severe) and eventually they transition into a weekly schedule. Clients/Patients with less severe but more chronic conditions, typically start with weekly treatment and transition into a bi-weekly schedule according to their needs. Frequency varies case by case and is ultimately decided by the client/patient.
Additional Services Psychotherapy, Couples Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, LGBTQ
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Extremely easy to talk to. Attentive, honest and direct but empathetic. He got me right away and showed me a whole new way of looking at things. I highly recommend Dr. C.