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.
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
Dr. Lesser can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
The Miriam Hospital Department of Psychiatry, Medical Staff
Brown University Alpert Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Predoctoral Intern
Arbour Counseling, Mental Health Clinician
William James College, PsyD
Lesley University, MA
The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, BA
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.
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.
This 8-week group offers a safe space for individuals and couples to receive support and learn emotional coping skills following a perinatal loss.
"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
"Sarit took the time to hear my concerns, and I did not feel rushed. She spoke in a calm, yet knowledgable way that gave me hope and made me relax. I loved our phone conversation."- Zencare client • September 2020
"The phone consultation was easy to set up, and I had a very friendly call with Dr. Lesser!"- Zencare client • February 2018