Boulder Therapy


 With Joy Lanzano LAC, LPC, MA


Providing psychotherapy in Boulder, Colorado, for individuals and couples.


Experience being seen and heard, with acceptance


The capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference


Intentional, non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. All parts of you are welcome

“This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one’s potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life.”

~Carl Rogers 1961

Meet your therapist

Boulder Therapist, counselor, teacher, Boulder, Colorado

Joy’s approach to psychotherapy is eclectic.  She enjoys getting to know each client so that they may discover how they may best work together towards wholeness and healing.  She focuses on meeting them wherever they are in the moment as the work is so dynamic.  Her ultimate goal is to help them see and feel difficult emotions and self images and begin to accept, that with self compassion and courage, we all have the ability to manifest our own life potentials.  She believes that “we are all on a path of self discovery and the work we do in therapy has an end goal, to have the most beautiful and fulfilling life possible”.

She is a student of the Diamond Approach to Inner Work and finds that this greatly enhances her ability to hold the space for growth and discovery.   She works with compassion in the dialectic field of psychotherapy.  Joy also incorporates Mindfulness into her work. She believes that incorporating the practice of meditation and mindfulness into everyday life is a great aid to psychotherapeutic growth and encourages these practices with her clients.

She also enjoys working with couples in that she finds successful and meaningful relationships to be the most difficult task we undertake as human beings.  She also has a strong stake in helping people improve their relationships for the sake of children and families as “they are our future and one direct way to influence the cycle of family trauma and general unhappiness, I find this work to be rewarding and extremely relevant to my personal charge of contributing to the world in a positive manner.”

“I aim to be culturally sensitive and inclusive regarding the diversity of all people as they walk through their life journeys.”

Educational Background

Naropa University

Master of Arts, Transpersonal Counseling Psychology

University of Northern Colorado

Master of Arts, Educational Technology

Western State College

Bachelor of Arts, Biology and Secondary Education

Post-Graduate Trainings

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado
  • Licensed Addictions Counselor
  • Certified Naropa University Mindfulness Meditation Instructor
  • EMDR Certificate of Completion
  • PACT Level 1 Certification

I specialize in the following areas:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Attachement issues

Clinical Approach/Therapeutic Orientation

My foundational approach to psychotherapy is Humanistic and client-centered. I specialize in the areas of trauma, depression, stress management, substance abuse and addictive behaviors. I tailor what treatment best fits my client’s needs. I will work with individuals, families, couples and groups.

Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)
Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP)
AEP is an experiential psychodynamic approach to Boulder therapy, with techniques drawn from Gestalt therapy and other experiential counseling approaches. It is a dynamic here-and-now therapy that also takes into account how the past impacts the present.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people who suffer repeated bouts of depression and chronic psychological unhappiness. It combines the ideas of cognitive therapy with meditative practices and attitudes based on the cultivation of mindfulness.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
designed to help people change patterns of behavior that are not helpful, such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse, by learning about triggers that lead to reactive states.

 …Joy Lanzano practices EMDR Therapy and received her EMDR Training “Certificate of Completion” from the Maiberger Institute, an EMDRIA approved provider of EMDR Trainings…

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.

View a full list of resources

Below you will find some of the Boulder therapy resources that I have used, both as a counselor, but also as someone who still needs reminders and inspiration.

Click here to see a complete list of videos and links

Stan Tatkin — Relationships are hard, but why?

Shawn Achor—The Happy Secret to Better Work

Gabor Mate — what is addiction?

Kelly McGonigal — How to make stress your friend

Brene Brown — The power of vulnerability

Dan Siegel — The power of Mindsight

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