Specialized Treatment for Trauma, Loss & Addiction
The Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy is named after the legendary figure of the phoenix. Mythology suggests that the phoenix dies and is reborn from its own ashes – it is a symbol of transformation and resilience. The phenomenon of growing after experiencing trauma has been labeled “Post-Traumatic Growth”. This is exactly what we strive to help our clients cultivate in their lives.
While we cannot change the past, we can change how past experiences live within us.
Following a time-tested map for clinical change (see TherapeuticSpiralModel.com) – we begin by establishing safety, providing education, and focusing on strengths and support. Only once these tasks have been accomplished do we move onto looking at the trauma, otherwise we risk reatraumatization. Using state-of-the-art experiential trauma therapies, we work together to renegotiate and reprocess traumatic memory. The resulting phenomenon is transformation and Post-Traumatic Growth.
It is our belief that the human psyche (mind, soul, etc) is always working to heal itself. Just as the body heals itself when wounded, so does the psyche. Overwhelming traumatic experiences are disorienting and overwhelm the brain’s (and nervous system’s) capacity to integrate the experience. The treatment approaches that we provide aim to remove these barriers to you healing yourself.
“Awakening the autonomous healing center, the power to heal oneself, is how I see the value of psychodrama and all forms of therapy.” -Zerka T. Moreno, the co-founder of sociometry, psychodrama, and group psychotherapy
The Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (PCETT) is a psychotherapy practice located in West Chester, PA specializing in trauma, grief/loss, and addiction.
Scott Giacomucci is the Founder/Director of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, providing trauma treatment, professional training, consultation, and supervision.
Amy Stone joined the Phoenix Center in 2018 as an Experiential Trauma Therapist providing psychotherapy services to individuals and weekly trauma therapy groups.
Most recently, in early 2019, Susan Strauss Kelly joined the Phoenix Center as an Experiential Trauma Therapist also providing individual services.