Sarit  Lesser

Sarit Lesser

She/Her/Hers

Psychologist, PsyD
Rhode Island, Massachusetts Waitlist Online
Providence Waitlist In-person
Updated September 10, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

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

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)




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • RISD Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)

Sarit Lesser is accepting clients using listed insurances, paying listed fees, or using health insurance out-of-network benefits other than:

  • Johnson and Wales University Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI) Student Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $120 - $200

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Zelle
  • IvyPay
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • As needed

Location(s)

Providence practice
154 Waterman Street, Suite 15, Providence, Rhode Island 02906
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular 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

Online Sessions (Rhode Island)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tue 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wed 11:00am-7:00pm
  • Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-5pm
  • Tue 9am-5pm
  • Wed 11am-7pm
  • Thu 9am-5pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Languages

English

Hebrew


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

"Dr. Lesser was professional, empathetic, and thorough."
- Zencare client • September 2021
"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