Sarit  Lesser

Sarit Lesser

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for evening & daytime appointments (updated October 23, 2019)


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


General expertise



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)

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

Sarit  Lesser
Interpersonal Group for College Students

New mothers often feel overwhelmed with the emotional and identity changes that are entailed in becoming a mother. Some feel stressed, anxious, frustrated, lonely, or angry at times. Theses are all normal feelings that are part of this life-changing adventure. Come join us to share, learn, and grow together.

Sarit  Lesser
Navigating Motherhood: A Group for New Mothers

New mothers often feel overwhelmed with the emotional and identity changes that are entailed in becoming a mother. Some feel stressed, anxious, frustrated, lonely, or angry at times. Theses are all normal feelings that are part of this life-changing adventure. Come join us to share, learn, and grow together.

Sarit  Lesser
Healing Perinatal Loss: A Group for Pregnancy or Neonatal Loss

This eight-week group offers individuals and couples the opportunity to heal in the wake of grief and trauma. The meetings provide a safe shelter and support, as well as information, education and community resources.

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