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 – 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 Media & West Chester, PA specializing in trauma, grief/loss, and addiction. Dr. Scott Giacomucci is the Founder/Director of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, providing trauma treatment, professional training, consultation, and supervision.
Phoenix Center staff include experiential trauma therapists, Amy Stone, Rachel Longer, Frank LoRiggio, & Hilary Cooke providing psychotherapy services to individuals and multiple weekly trauma therapy groups.
Phoenix Center is recognized as one of the first Experiential Certified Organization (ECO) by the International Society of Experiential Professionals.
Phoenix Center is a proud organizational member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama