About Bob Lesser, MPP, LP
From a very young age I found myself helping others solve their most pressing problems, develop themselves, and move toward self actualization. Without formal training I naturally listened fully, shared an empathic perspective, and offered motivation and inspiration to help people move forward.
At Vassar College I studied sociology to gain an understanding of how social movements influenced individual behavior. After college I moved to Vietnam to study its unique brand of “engaged Buddhism” which combines Buddhist philosophy and meditation with a call to social action. It was there that I spent time in different monasteries, including mindfulness master Thich Nhat Hanh’s, to develop my meditation practice and explore how Buddhist principals could be applied to everyday life. I attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where I studied Public Policy to learn how to impact people’s lives through social programs and was trained as a mediator through Harvard’s Program on Negotiation. Professionally, I have lectured and trained nationally on leadership and negotiation and trained hundreds of people, including over three hundred New York City police officers in conflict resolution.
I founded and led Mott Hall Charter School, a progressive middle school in New York City with a special focus on social, emotional, and character development. And, most recently, I attended the National Institute for the Psychotherapies where I completed my training in psychoanalysis, comprehensive psychotherapy, energy psychology, and EMDR, an evidence-based trauma treatment. I am still as intensely interested in helping people heal, grow, and become their best selves as I was as a kid. I have a lot more tools in my toolbox now.