Sarit Lesser, PsyD - Therapist in Providence, RI

Sarit Lesser

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients.


 

Clientele

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults
Parents

Specialties & expertise

  • College student counseling
  • Parenting and motherhood
  • Peripartum depression
  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Substance use
  • Relationships
  • Loss and grief
  • Health and pain management

Professional statement

Dr. Sarit Lesser is a clinical psychologist in Providence, RI with a specialization in new mothers and college students. Dr. Lesser completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she worked at the Rhode Island Hospital Partial Hospitalization Program, conducting individual, couples, family and group therapy with patients with various acute psychiatric disorders.

During her studies, she conducted research on new mothers and motherhood. She is passionate about this topic, and enjoys working with mothers and parents throughout pregnancy and postpartum periods, offering parental counseling as well. She also enjoys seeing college students and has worked at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's Counseling Services.

Dr. Lesser uses a variety of evidence-based and humanistic therapeutic approaches in her work, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, psychodynamic therapy, and attachment-based work. She is committed to supporting individuals and families in living healthier, fuller, and more meaningful lives.

Dr. Lesser works with teenagers, young adults, college students, adults, and parents. She offers sessions in both English and Hebrew.


Specialties

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
College student counseling – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Life transitions – Navigating one's career, college, relationship, or adjusting to a new environment
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
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)

General expertise

Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Compulsive behaviors – Including compulsive overeating, compulsive spending
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships
Relationships – Feeling unsatisfied in your partnership; communication challenges; addressing issues of power and voice; contemplation of separation; questioning one’s place in the relationship; breakups, friendships, dating
Grief and loss – Processing the loss of a loved one, any form of grief; processing the emotional aspects of personal illness or the illness of a loved one
Health and pain management


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • RISD Student Health Insurance
  • Johnson & Wales University Student Health Insurance
  • University of Rhode Island Student Health Insurance

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $200/session (50min)

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $180 - $200 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

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


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."


Treatment approaches

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychodynamic TherapyThe aim of psychodynamic therapy is to bring the unconscious mind into consciousness - helping individuals unravel, experience and understand their true, deep-rooted feelings in order to resolve them. It takes the view that our unconscious holds onto painful feelings and memories, and that the defenses we develop to ensure these difficult memories do not surface from our unconscious often do more harm than good. (learn more)
Attachment-Based Work
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)


Education and work experience

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


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 E. Bender, Ph.D., Th.D., Professor Emeritus, Boston University (2012)