Lakshyan  Schanzer

Lakshyan Schanzer

Psychologist, PhD

Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait for afternoon & daytime appointments in Cranston practice (updated May 01, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain management
  • Stress management
  • 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, where he offers yoga, meditation, and psychotherapy.

To make an appointment, please fill out the contact form or call Dr. Schanzer at 401-369-8115.

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.


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

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Sliding scale: $90 - $150
  • Initial session: $180

Therapist's note

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


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Cranston practice

935 Park Avenue

Suite 203

Cranston, RI 02910

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Work and Education

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


  • English
  • Portuguese

Call 401-369-8115