Joanie Mankus

Authentic Strides
Cherry Hills (Denver), Colorado
Phone: 303-887-7462

About Joanie

Drawing on her background as a counselor and highly specialized training in Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM), Joanie works with clients to regain a clearer sense of their wholeness, purpose and passion for living a fully expressed life. She specializes in supporting women who have/are/will be going through subtle or significant life transitions. From challenges related to family, relationships, career and health issues, Joanie’s professional coaching techniques lead people to profound insights, healing and resolution.

As a LCSW for nearly 10 years, Joanie counseled teens, families and adults with a variety of life narratives including marital struggles and divorce, children of divorce, teen pregnancy, addiction, and trauma. She was a first responder to the Columbine high school tragedy and, later, a foreigner living abroad during the events of September 11th. Joanie experienced firsthand how the neglected inner human condition can manifest itself in the world in negative ways. Deep introspection and self-study led her to examine the patterns, limited beliefs and behaviors that prevent people from moving forward in their lives.

Today, Joanie focuses on skillfully guiding people to new insights and perspectives that empower them to live life to the fullest. Using a combination of gestalt and conventional methodologies, she and her horses intuitively help people understand the power and benefit of working on internal processes to affect visible, positive change in their lives.

About Authentic Strides

There are times when we feel stuck, bored, blocked by pain, powerless or purposeless. These places present unique opportunities for greater clarity, growth and change for the better. By choosing to express—rather than suppress—your thoughts, feelings and emotions, you can claim the wonderful, beneficial insights they contain.

Authentic Strides provides a safe, experiential environment where you can open yourself to fresh, new perspectives and powerful breakthroughs.

  • Resolve and release blocked emotion
  • Find your voice
  • Understand what factors are defining you
  • Stop energy loss to old issues
  • Bring your mind and energy into the present
  • Feel energized, empowered and complete

Through dynamic, experiential exercises, we help your true thoughts and feelings to be expressed and released so they can no longer hold you back from living your full potential for happiness. In these moments, the skies are bluer, the love feels warmer, the laughter is deeper, the connections are stronger, and your awareness expands. This is the key to living a life you love—one in which you feel happy, successful and fully expressed.

Using a combination of gestalt and conventional methodologies, we help you understand the necessity of working on internal processes. We bring awareness to factors that influence your conscious and subconscious decision making—your core values, past hurts, limiting beliefs and behaviors that prevent you from moving forward—so that you’re able to affect visible, positive changes in your life.


• General EGCM
• Women’s Empowerment
• Family
• Teens

Types of Experiences Available:

• One-on-one sessions
• Group sessions
• Workshops
• Retreats