Elena Lesser Bruun

Title: Marriage and Family Therapist
Company: Elbtherapy
Location: East Hampton, New York, United States

Elena Lesser Bruun, marriage and family therapist at Elbtherapy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of therapy.

With five decades of experience to her credit, Dr. Lesser Bruun is a proven expert in the field of psychotherapy. Since 1980, she has operated as a licensed marriage and family therapist at Elbtherapy, her own private practice. As part of her profession, she specializes in supporting and repairing relationships for married couples, as well as adult children and their parents, by offering unique tactics and techniques meant to assist in the healing process. Adjacent to her primary responsibilities, Dr. Lesser Bruun is an accomplished author, having authored several books over the course of her career regarding her work. Most recently, in 2021, she released both “ESTRANGED: Whether to Repair a Painful Relationship Rift, and If So How” and “Maxine Gets Her Vaccine.”

In addition to her current positions, Dr. Lesser Bruun previously operated as the associate dean for student affairs at the New York University School of Medicine from 1993 to 2000. Prior to this appointment, she served as the associate dean for education at SUNY Downstate Medical Center from 1975 to 1993, and at SUNY Downstate health Sciences University from 1982 to 1986. Dr. Lesser Bruun began her career at Stony Brook University in 1972, working as an assistant professor of education until 1976. Furthermore, she served as the president of the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy from 2003 to 2005. 

Prior to embarking on her vocational journey, Dr. Lesser Bruun pursued her own formal education. She began her studies at Brandeis University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts. She subsequently continued her studies at the University of Rochester, where she earned a Doctor of Education in counseling and student personnel. In addition to her academic credentials, Dr. Lesser Bruun is also approved as a supervisor by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, an organization in which she also serves as a clinical fellow.

Dr. Lesser Bruun’s discovered her interest in therapy at an early age, after she learned that one of her friends attended family with the rest of their family. She knew many students in her school attended therapy, but learning about family therapy opened many avenues for her. Driven by a desire to see other families heal, she cultivated a wealth of success in the field. Dr. Lesser Bruun hopes to retire sometime in the near future, as well as finish writing her memoir. 

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