What is Family Therapy?
A person who practices family therapy believes that we are relational beings.  The scope of treatment isn’t just the person – even if only a single person is in therapy – it is the set of relationships in which the person is embedded.
Family therapy is:

  • brief
  • solution-focused
  • specific, with attainable therapeutic goals designed with the “end in mind”

Why use a Marriage and Family Therapist?
Research studies repeatedly show the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in treating a full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems.   Adolescent drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, obesity and dementia in the elderly — as well as marital distress and conflict — are just some of the conditions Marriage and Family Therapists effectively treat.*

How many sessions will I have to attend for results?
As little as one session can be helpful, however, once a month or more is often more effective to improve overall relational functioning.  The frequency and amount of visits are dependent on the needs and goals of the individual.

How helpful is it?
After receiving treatment, almost 90% of clients report an improvement in their emotional health, and nearly two-thirds report an improvement in their overall physical health.  A majority of clients report an improvement in their functioning at work, and over three-fourths of those receiving marital/couples or family therapy report an improvement in the couple relationship.  When a child is the identified patient, parents report that their child’s behavior improved in 73.7% of the cases, their ability to get along with other children significantly improved and there was improved performance in school.*

What is your philosophy on therapy?
My philosophy on therapy is that we all have skills and resources that we use and develop throughout life.  Sometimes we don’t expand them when things change (kids, death, financial problems, mental illness, etc.) then we get stuck.  Therefore a therapist can help you develop new resources to get unstuck.  When therapy ends you can always go back for “tune ups”.

What can I expect from the first session?
What you should expect is to be heard by the therapist.  Together clear goals for treatment are created (this could take more than one session).  There should also be a level of rapport with your therapist.  If you don’t have it, you may need to find another one.

Do you run groups?
Groups can be started with as little as 3 participants.  Some topics include, relapse prevention, stress management, meditation, fertility issues, and many others (call or email for more information).  Hypnosis groups can also be conducted.  Check out the groups page on this website for groups that are running presently.

What are your office hours?
Call for details – most days and times can be arranged.

What are your fees?
Call for information, fees can be arranged based on income.

Do you take insurance?
Lenore Pranzo, MA, LMFT, Cht is licensed in CT and clients can submit out of network claims.  She also takes Anthem BC/BS.