Sarit  Lesser

Sarit Lesser

Psychologist, PsyD
Accepting new clients with a 2-3 week wait for afternoon, evening, & daytime appointments in online and Providence practices (updated March 16, 2020)
Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • College student counseling
  • Parenting and motherhood
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Health and pain management

Professional statement

People come to see Dr. Sarit Lesser when they feel overwhelmed with the demands of life—school, parenthood, or work. She helps mothers find balance between the demands of motherhood. She helps young adults manage the stressors of college-life and adulthood. In general, she helps individuals who are in the process of readjusting to new relationships, new roles, or identities, people who are looking to find ways to live more meaningful, fuller, and happier lives. Dr. Lesser also works with individuals struggling with medical conditions like heart disease and chronic pain. This is a focused short term therapy. When appropriate, therapy might be longer term.

Dr. Lesser focuses on people's strive for a life of meaning. In her approach, happiness comes from a life well-lived, in accordance with our values and goals. And difficulties are an integral part of this journey. She believes that life is too short to wait until we feel better to make the changes that we need, to create new goals, and to live the life that we want.

Dr. Lesser’s work is both evidence-based and holistic. She utilizes a variety of strategies like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT, psychodynamic, mindfulness, and attachment-based therapies.


Message to clients

I see therapy as a collaborative process, where both parties need to cooperate and work together in order to make it work. Together, we will identify specific short- and long-term goals, develop a treatment plan, and try out new approaches that will allow you to heal and grow. My goal is to support my clients in finding ways to live healthier, fuller and more meaningful lives.


Specialties

College student counseling - Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life

Parenting and motherhood - Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children, especially babies; peripartum depression; perinatal attachment work; women’s issues

Life transitions - Navigating one's career, college, relationship, or adjusting to a new environment

Anxiety - Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks

Depression - Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms

Trauma - Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

Health and pain management - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain; optimizing mental & physical health




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $160 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $160

Therapist's note

Dr. Lesser can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.


Location(s)

Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Providence practice

154 Waterman Street

Suite 15

Providence, RI 02906

Hours

  • Mon 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Wed 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Thu Please inquire about hours
  • Fri 9:00am-6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

The Miriam Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Medical Staff

Brown University Alpert Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow

William James College, Psy.D

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Predoctoral Intern

Lesley University, MA

Arbour Counseling, Mental Health Clinician

The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, BA


Languages

English

Hebrew


Therapy Groups

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Interpersonal Group for College Students

This weekly group for college students is designed to address multiple challenges of young adult life, including social isolation, mood difficulties, and life transition challenges.

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Navigating Motherhood: A Group for New Mothers

This weekly group for new mothers uses evidence-based approaches to address the stress, anxiety, frustration, and loneliness that can come with the transition to motherhood.

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Healing Perinatal Loss: A Group for Pregnancy or Neonatal Loss

This 8-week group offers a safe space for individuals and couples to receive support and learn emotional coping skills following a perinatal loss.


Professional endorsements

"Sarit’s interpersonal skills are on a deep, soul touching level - far beyond the words themselves. She ”hears” people and touches them in a manner that is truly therapeutic. Sarit is a born therapist. And what her soul has not already taught her, her cross-cultural immersion has. She is a walking, healing therapist, not only to her clients but everyone around her."

- Hilary Bender, PhD • May 2012

Client testimonials

"The phone consultation was easy to set up, and I had a very friendly call with Dr. Lesser!"

- Zencare client • February 2018