Gretchen Laporta LCSW
Happiness Coach
The Coach Is In...
Gretchen is the founder and facilitator of The Joy
Academy.  During her 18 years in the mental health
field and conversations with friends and family, she
has found that
we all seek the same thing...
.  She is now taking the successful
strategies that she has been using with individuals for
years to a larger audience!  The program is a blend of
her own skills, experience and the happiness pioneer,
Dr Robert Holden's proven techniques.

She received her Bachelors of Science degrees at
Towson University in Psychology and Sociology and
her Masters Degree in Social Work at West Virginia
University. After completing post-graduate training,
she received her clinical license from the state of North
Carolina. She is a member of the National Association
of Social Workers. Her experience includes employee
assistance programs, individual, group, and couples
counseling. She has worked in in-patient psychiatric
facilities, an emergency room, community based
services, an adolescent group home, and currently
owns The Therapy Place private practice.  She is
certified as a Reiki level II practitioner.
Gretchen received her certification as a happiness
coach after studying under Dr Robert Holden, author
and developer of the Happiness Project in the UK.  He
is also a contributing author on and can be
seen lecturing across the world.