Our center offers community peer support groups for various topics and communities.

Community peer support groups are not therapy groups, though they are led by a professional. Community peer support groups provide coping skills and bring together members with similar lived experiences to support each other. The group contributes to the healing process through attentive listening, encouragement, feedback, education, and shared experience. Group members will learn to better understand themselves, work to change thoughts and behaviors, while receiving and giving feedback to other group members.

Upcoming Community-Peer Support Groups

Visionaries: Immigrant Youth and Young Adult Peer Support Group

Date: 5 part series on Monday nights; November 16, 23, 30, December 7 & 14

Time: 6:30 PM- 8 :00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Virtual Zoom Meeting

Cost: Pay what you can! (suggested donation, if financially able, of $25 per session or $125 for all group sessions)

The purpose of this group is to bring together immigrant and refugee youth and young adults who need a place to share their personal experiences without having to explain or feel judged by others. We will spend our time focusing on the here and now, learning from each other, and supporting each other to achieve visions for the future. Topics will include our experiences in a new country and culture, relationships, stress, ambiguous loss, racism and xenophobia while focusing on empowerment, self-care, transformation, and community support. We will use art and experiential practices to dive into our experiences as individuals and as a group

This group is open to anyone that identifies as an immigrant (regardless of immigration status), refugee, or new citizen. We welcome undocumented, DACA & TPS youth and young adults, refugees, and those who have gone through adjustment of status. New participants are welcomed to join the group until week 2, however week 3-5 the group will be closed only for committed group members.

Disclaimer: This is a peer support group for community members, not a therapy group. If you are looking for therapy services, please let us know and we can offer referrals.

If you are interested in joining this peer support group, please contact Maria Sotomayor-Giacomucci at maria@phoenixtraumacenter.com or call 484-440-9416.  She will do a short call with each participant to assess eligibility.

Maria Sotomayor-Giacomucci, BA, CTP, is a Spanish-speaking immigrant from Ecuador who came to the USA as a child and has lived experience dealing with the emotional, cultural, and systemic aspects of being an immigrant. She understands that everyone’s migration journey is unique, yet there are many shared experiences that can unite us. She has 10+ years of experience working in immigrant-led spaces and with youth and young adults who are immigrants to the United States. Maria has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and is certified as a trauma professional – she is especially interested in raising mental health awareness in immigrant/refugee communities. Learn more about Maria on her bio page