Lakshyan Schanzer, PsyD

Lakshyan Schanzer

Psychologist, PsyD

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments



Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Seniors (65+)


Mon: Closed
Tue: 9:00am-6:00pm
Wed: 9:00am-6:00pm
Thu: 9:00am-6:00pm
Fri: Closed
Sat: Closed
Sun: Closed


Specialties & expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain management
  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness

Professional statement

Dr. Lakshyan Schanzer is a licensed psychologist bringing over 45 years of experience integrating Eastern and Western approaches to psychotherapy. At BodyMind Therapy in Cranston RI, Lakshyan offers a gentle, body-centered and meditative approach to psychotherapy, and a precise integrated approach to meditation and yoga programs. Some of the benefits that clients and students report include: Increased relaxation, less fatigue, enhanced capacity for pleasure and fun, relief of chronic tension and pain, resolution of inner and interpersonal conflicts, physical and emotional healing, and ability to make new life choices.

Clients also appreciate that BodyMind Therapy offers a safe, healing and accessible environment, and that therapy goals are established collaboratively. Whether it be yoga or meditation classes, or psychotherapy, clients leave the office with a sense of well-being, mental clarity and balance.

See Lakshyan's website for BodyMind Therapy here, where he offers yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy.


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
Pain management – Managing pain at work, e.g. Carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain
Stress management – Coping with stress of life and change, expectations of self and other
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

General expertise

Chronic illness – Managing chronic illness; receiving a diagnosis, contemplating and processing related emotions, viewing through a holistic lens
Couples counseling – Improving communication and problem solving skills with couples from all gender and sexual identities
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Panic disorders – Dealing with panic attacks or feelings of debilitating anxiety and fear that arise frequently and without reasonable cause
Trauma – Including dealing with past sexual assault, childhood trauma, environmental trauma (e.g. witnessing/experiencing violence), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tufts
  • United Health
  • Medicare
  • Brown University Student Insurance 
  • Johnson & Wales University 
  • RISD Student Insurance 
  • URI / University of Rhode Island Student Insurance 

Out-of-pocket fees

Initial session: $180
Ongoing sessions: $150/hr

Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80- $150/hr is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy. 

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

Message to clients

"My clients and students value health, self-renewal and self-discovery, and believe that each of us plays an essential role in our healing. I use a meditative, gentle and brief method that: 1) Helps you discover patterns of thinking, feeling and action, 2) Makes emotions feel safe, uncovers core beliefs and images; 3) Utilizes the innate wisdom of the body; and 4) Opens new life choices. Most of my work is with individuals or couples suffering from stress, grief, depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, relationship difficulties, pain conditions, and sleeping and eating difficulties. I accept most health insurances."

Treatment approaches

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)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD. In ERP, the client confronts the thoughts, images, objects, and situations that makes the client anxious; then makes a choice not to act upon a compulsive behavior. With ERP a person has to make the commitment to not give in and do the compulsive behavior until they notice a drop in their anxiety. (learn more)
Family SystemsFamily systems theory views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. Family system therapy may be used to address conflict stemming from the family unit by working on a client's ability to maintain individuality while maintaining emotional contact with the group. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
HakomiTherapeutic method that centers on mindfulness, monviolence, unity, organicity and mind-body integration. (learn more)
Internal Family SystemsIFS is a type of therapy that views the mind as a combination of relatively discrete subpersonalities each with its own viewpoint and qualities that interact with one another. IFS aims to understand how these collections of subpersonalities are organized and promote harmony among them. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (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)
Sensorimotor therapySensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic symptoms of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences may become trapped deep within the body, and therapists trained in this modality can help an individual begin to heal by helping that person re-experience, in a safe environment, the physical sensations associated with a traumatic event. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
YogaUsing specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques to ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. (learn more)

Education and work experience

BodyMind Therapy/The Yoga Studio, Founder and Director, 1979 – Present
Consultant and Developer of Applied Yoga, Mindfulness, and Stress Management for Business, University, and Healthcare Settings, 1979 – Present
AHP, Yoga Conferences, & Yoga Teacher Training in USA & Brazil, 1995 – 2008
PsyD, William James College, 1990
Certified Hakomi Teacher, 1987
Certified Hakomi Therapist, 1983 certified by Ron Kurtz
Hakomi Training with Ron Kurtz, 1979 – 1983
Satsang with Nisargadatta Maharaj, 1978 – 1979
Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with BKS Iyengar, 1978 – 1979
MS Ed, Hunter College, 1977
Integral Yoga Teacher Certification, 1971

Schanzer, L.  "Discovering Nisargadatta Maharaj ",, and Cadernos de Yoga 2005, Brazil:
Schanzer, L.  "Meditation and Sleep," Encyclopedia of Sleep and Dreaming, Macmillan NY, 1993
Schanzer, L. "Non-Invasive Methodologies of Studying Neurological Correlates of Human Mental States, in particular those during Psychotherapy – A Review of Recent Literature," Hakomi Forum, Boulder CO. 1988