CENTRO BIENESTAR HELPS THE LATINO COMMUNITY TO FIND HIGH QUALITY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

 

Centro Bienestar (for emotional health) founded in October 2013 serves the Latino Community of Stamford, CT. 

Scheduling

Biographies

Insurance

Please call to inquire about your insurance.  Sliding scale fees are available. Some clients will choose to submit this to their insurance for “out of network” coverage or to count towards “flex” money​.

Payment

FAQs


Biographies

​​Louise M. Tonning, LCSW, RPT-S

 (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) in both Connecticut and New York. She received her social work degree from Columbia University, and Two post-graduate certificates from Fordham University, one in Child and Adolescent Therapy and the second in Field Instruction.

She continued her studies to include the treatment of trauma victims, child and adults, using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Rehabilitations). She is recognized by the Association for Play Therapy, Inc. as a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor. Louise worked as a Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut for Family Centers of Stamford, the Bridgeport Child Guidance Clinic, and New Canaan High School. For 10 years, she served pre-school and kindergarten children and their families at St. Luke Parochial School in South Bronx, NY.

She was Adjunct Professor in Human Services at Norwalk Community College. Louise has been Field Instructor for graduate students from Iona College and Fordham University. She has provided in–service training at Family Centers of Greenwich/Stamford and continuing education workshops for the Archdiocese of New York, the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Social Work, the New York Association for Play Therapy, Western Connecticut State University, and the Connecticut Association for Play Therapy, of which she was founding president. Louise has two publications on play therapy to her credit. She is bilingual (English-Spanish) and serves adults as well as children and their families.

Mental and Emotional Health Therapists
Do you have the sense that things could be better?  
Are you not quite sure how to get there from here?

We all have moments of feeling stuck in our lives, meaning that we are not progressing forward in an area of our life in which we would like

to see positive change.  We can feel stuck in our process of personal growth, in our relationships, in our parenting or in our professional lives.  We can also feel stuck or bogged down in emotional states such as nagging anxiety, depressed mood or a sense of doom about the future.  Seeking therapy is a positive step towards regaining forward momentum in your life.  Together we can work to get you “unstuck” and feeling better about the direction of your life and your relationships.


​Stressful life events and life transitions (becoming a parent, parenting a teen, divorce, death of a loved one, empty nest, geographic relocation or losing a job etc.) can also leave us feeling stuck and in need of non-judgmental support. We are here to listen to your concerns in a safe and supportive environment and to work together with you to regain the inner strength and the tools that you need to move forward and achieve your personal or family goals.


The office is located at 30 Myano Lane, (Suite 20, 2 floor) in Stamford, CT.

Kate Vivanco, EdM, LCSW ​

(Licensed Clinical Social Worker) has a Masters in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Catholic University.  Her undergraduate degree is from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. 


 Kate began her social work career in a bilingual clinic in Washington, DC and then at Family Centers in Stamford, CT. Kate has been in private practice for twelve years.  She works with older adolescents and adults. Particular areas of strength for Kate include human development and identity formation, parent guidance, depression, anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD and trauma related to transnational migration. Her approach is eclectic, drawing on psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness and other techniques, always with a human development perspective in mind. Kate is trained in EMDR for trauma therapy and the Recent Traumatic Event Protocol EMDR intervention to help prevent PTSD. Kate is also a fluent Spanish speaker. 


The therapy session is your space, and you deserve to feel supported and challenged by a therapist with whom you feel comfortable.  Kate strives to create such an environment in each therapy session.

Contact

CEntro Bienestar

Payment is expected at the end of each session.  Cash, personal check, money order.  Please feel free to discuss with your therapist any concerns regarding finances in the course of treatment.  If the client is an adolescent, then all financial concerns are to be discussed between the parent and the therapist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Biographies

Contact & Location

We respect your privacy and adhere strictly to the NASW Code of Ethics and all HIPAA guidelines.  

Cancellation Policy


If you need to cancel an appointment please do so in advance.  We reserve your 50 minute session specifically for you.  Therefore, it is essential that you try to let us know as soon as possible when you will not be able to come to your reserved session. A full fee (or your sliding scale fee) will be charged for no-show or late cancellations.

Lorenzo J. Colón Munroe, LCSW

(Licensed Clinical Social Worker) graduated from Fordham University where he earned his Masters of Social Work degree.  Subsequently, he embarked on a three-year post-graduate course of study with the New Hope Guild Child and Adolescent Therapy Training Program, where he graduated as a Child and Adolescent psychotherapist.  In 1996, he earned his LCSW in the state of Connecticut.  While in Connecticut, he became certified as a supervisor in the Field Instruction for graduate social work students.  Prior to his studies in social work and child and adolescent psychotherapy, Lorenzo earned two other masters degrees: Masters of Divinity from the Maryknoll School of Theology in Ossining, New York, and a Masters of Arts in Sacred Liturgy from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

​Lorenzo has worked as a Bi-lingual School Social Worker for the New York City Board of Education and as a Psychiatric Clinical Social Worker at a child guidance clinic, and as a Clinical Social Worker in a family service organization, both in Connecticut.  He has provided numerous services to Latino Community in New York City, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Washington, DC and Connecticut.  In 2005 he retired from the faculty of the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence, based in New York City.

​In July 2005 Lorenzo established Munroe Therapies & Consultation to promote his ongoing practice of psychotherapy to disenfranchised children and youth and their right to access quality mental health services.  As part of his present practice Lorenzo also consults to child-nurturing organizations. 

It is our hope to be able to accommodate your schedule as much as possible, so please contact us to discuss your scheduling needs. Some evening appointments are available.  In most cases, after the initial session, we will decide how frequently to meet (usually weekly) and will determine a regular time for your sessions.  

The office is located at 30 Myano Lane (Suite 20, 2 floor) in Stamford, CT. To request services, call the office at 203-883-8135 and press *1 for English and leave a massage for any of the therapists.


This is a convenient location for Stamford, Greenwich and Darien. The office is located close to 95 exits 5 & 6, and it is on the Stamford/Greenwich border close to supermarkets, bus stop, route 11a, 11b, 13a, 13b and ample parking.


From Darien and points north: Take 95 South to exit 6. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right onto West Avenue. Turn left onto West Main St. and proceed through 2 traffic lights. Myano Lane on your right just after the second traffic light. Parking is on the side of the building Myano Lane.


From Greenwich and points south: Take 95 North to exit 6 and turn left onto West St. Follow above directions from West Avenue. Or take Route 1 (Old post Road) north towards Stamford. Just after crossing to Stamford, Myano Lane comes up on your left.


From Downtown Stamford: Take Route 1/West Main St. Towards Greenwich. Myano Lane comes up on your right just after the Super Stop

& Shop. Turn right on to Myano Lane for parking.

Confidentiality 

Duration Of Treatment

Some clients wonder how long they will be in therapy.  The duration of treatment is something to be determined by the therapist and client depending on your goals and the progress of the work.  Usually we will need a few initial sessions to assess your goals before talking about a timeline.  But it is important to remember that your session is your time and you are the expert in your own needs and successes.  While you may terminate therapy at any time, it is best to discuss it with us a few weeks in advance, as termination is an important phase of therapy and can be a very valuable process.

More than 44 million people in the United States suffer from mental health disorders, according to the American Psychological Association.  In the past century, the medical profession has begun to take seriously mental and emotional wellbeing.  There are various types of interventions for mental and emotional health problems including psychotherapy, psychiatry and a combination of the two, among others. 

​Centro Bienestar is a point of access to mental health services and serves as a mental health resource center for the Latino Community.  Centro Bienestar can help future clients obtain the following services: child therapy, adolescent therapy, play therapy, reunification therapy for separated families, couples therapy and parent guidance.


The therapy helps to address a wide variety of concerns. Concerns for which people seek services include but are not limited to:


  • Depression/Mood Disorder
  • Frequent Changes in Mood
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Relational Problems
  • Emotional Dependency
  • Difficulty Making Decisions
  • Self Defeating or Self Destructive Thoughts
  • Marital Problems, Communication Problems, Infidelity, Divorce
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors
  • Loss and Suffering
  • Angers, Fears and Insecurities
  • Challenges in Child Rearing and Family Concerns
  • Domestic Violence – Physical, Sexual, Verbal or Emotional
  • Obsessive or Compulsive Disorders