About Dr. Sarit Lesser

Dr. Lesser specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  ACT is a third generation approach of behavioral and cognitive therapy that seeks to change the function of psychological events through strategies such as mindfulness, acceptance, and cognitive defusion, in order to encourage psychological flexibility in the service of valued living.

Dr. Lesser is a member of the medical staff at The Miriam Hospital in Providence. She completed her graduate studies at William James College in Boston. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth counseling center, where she trained in short-term psychodynamic therapy, which seeks to address the foundation of psychological processes, to identify defense mechanisms that are ineffective, and to learn ways to change these patterns.

During her studies, Dr. Lesser conducted research on new mothers and the development of Attachment. She is passionate about this topic, and enjoys working with mothers and parents throughout pregnancy and postpartum periods, offering parental counseling as well.

Dr. Lesser received her BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and later, an additional BA in psychology from the Open University in Israel. During her undergraduate studies, she trained at the Unit for Parent Counseling of Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, where she worked with parents utilizing the Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) approach developed by Dr. Haim Omer.

Dr. Lesser now lives in Providence RI, with her husband and two kids. She is committed to supporting individuals and families in living healthier, fuller, and more meaningful lives. In particular, she loves working with the Brown University community and with women and parents dealing with the challenges of parenthood.

Dr. Lesser is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Rhode Island Psychological Association, the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.