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Phoenix Trauma Center Services

The Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy is a psychotherapy practice located in Media, Pennsylvania specializing in the treatment of PTSD, trauma, grief/loss, and substance abuse.

We offer a variety of therapy services including:

We also offer various free community groups and workshops led by interns and therapists. Note that these are not therapy groups but instead are community groups focused on peer support, education, and personal growth.

Furthermore, we offer a variety of services for professionals including:

You can also find a variety of free educational resources available through the Phoenix Center including:

For a downloadable tri-fold of our services, click here –

To contact us regarding services, please email or call us at 484-440-9416

Psychodrama as an Effective Treatment for Trauma and PTSD

By Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT

Published by APA Div 49, The Group Psychologist

“Recent findings have challenged trauma therapists to consider alternative and adjunctive approaches to talk therapy and cognitive approaches. At the same time, these new findings serve to validate experiential philosophy, theories, and approaches that Jacob Moreno proposed decades prior.”

Read the full article here on APA’s website –

Low-Cost Trauma Therapy Services

The Phoenix Trauma Center’s mission is to provide quality services to our clients and high quality education for professionals. We are invested in training the best experiential trauma therapists in the field. Our internship program allows us to fulfill both parts of our mission while also providing financially accessible services. We receive a dozen or two internship requests each year and carefully choose graduate-level interns that already have experience, training, or other advanced knowledge related to our work. You can trust that you will experience excellent quality clinical services provided by Phoenix Trauma Center interns.

Our interns receive regular training and weekly supervision from our director Dr. Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT. Interns also receive weekly supervision from an additional therapist at the Phoenix Center – in addition to supervision provided by their university program (professors and field placement liaison). They participate in regular trainings and professional development to increase their understanding and expertise of trauma. Our interns support our therapists co-leading psychotherapy groups and are engaged in leading their own free or low-cost community groups.

Intern’s sessions start at $75 (with a very flexible sliding scale)
Contact us to secure your spot – 484-440-9416

Learn About Our Graduate Intern Therapists

It is also important to note that our interns are only with us for about a year and may or may not stay with us upon graduate. This means that your intern therapist may need to end sessions with you when they graduate and/or you may need to begin working with a different intern at that time.

Benefits of Working with an Intern

As noted, by our friends at Spilove Psychotherapy, there are many benefits to working with a graduate intern which include lower-costs, receiving the expertise of multiple supervising therapists, the benefits of ‘beginner’s mind’, increased passion, and up-to-date practice standards.

Lower-Cost Therapy Sessions – Our interns are all masters-level students towards the end of their programs and getting ready to enter the field. Nevertheless, their session fees are half or one-third of what other therapists charge; and they can be very flexible with their sliding scales.

Receiving the Expertise of Multiple Supervising Therapists – All interns are receiving supervision, training, teaching, and oversight from multiple experienced therapists. This includes weekly supervision with Phoenix Center’s director and another therapists from our center – as well as oversight and/or teaching from multiple professors and a field placement liaison from their university graduate program. Most interns are actively engaged in more reflection, training, supervision, and professional development than other professionals who have already graduated. This means that your intern therapist is spending hours each week reading, writing, reflecting, discussing, and reviewing their work – actively trying to be the best that they can be.

The Benefits of ‘Beginner’s Mind’ – Though many of our intern therapists have experience in the mental health field already or have years of experience in another field, they are starting a new chapter in their professional journey and becoming a therapist. Interns are just starting out so they aren’t just going through the motions of being a therapist. Interns are exploding with curiosity, excitement, passion, and creativity!

Increased Passion and Energy – Interns aren’t weighted down by years of vicarious trauma or burnout that sometimes impact experienced therapists. Instead, intern therapists are bringing new energy, spontaneity, and passion into their work each day. They are excited to begin a new career that they have been preparing for and eager to offer the compassion, connection, and validation that you might be craving.

State-of-the-Art Practice Standards – Graduate students are actively engaged in intense learning through reading, discussions, reflection, and supervised practice. Our field is evolving rapidly (especially with new research findings related to trauma and the brain). Most therapists in PA are only required to completed 15 hours of continuing education each year which simply isn’t enough to stay current on all the new findings in the field. Graduate students however, are learning state-of-the-art practice standards. Intern therapists are enter the field while continuing to pursue rigorous studies providing current information about the practice of psychotherapy.

Are you interested in interning at the Phoenix Center?

Our interns are able to provide quality service at a low cost. This is an opportunity to grow together! Our center understands the need for quality services and the financial difficulties some may have accessing services. Our internship program allow us to bring our clients low-cost trauma therapy services.

Please note, this is a very competitive internship program accepting final-year graduate students only. We are receiving an increased number of internship requests each year. Those with prior training and experience in experiential therapy, trauma therapy, and personal growth work will be given priority. Furthermore, we will prioritize interns who share our goal of making quality trauma therapy services accessible to diverse communities.

We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and bilingual people to apply.

To apply for an internship placement, send the following to

  • Updated resume/CV
    • Include all related experience/training in trauma, addictions, and experiential work
  • Cover letter detailing how your interests align with our work
  • 2 professional references who would be familiar with your work (1 must be from a field supervisor)

Trauma-Informed Principles & Practices

Defining & Explaining Trauma-Informed Principles

This video offers an introduction to trauma-informed principles and why they are important for all organizations. The difference between “trauma-informed” and “trauma-focused” is outlined while commenting on trends in the mental health treatment field. Leaders, supervisors, professionals, students, and others interested in learning about trauma will find this video helpful.

Or, click here to access Dr. Scott’s new ebook for free (see chapter 7 on trauma, trauma-informed care, and trauma-focused services) –

Don’t forget to explore our other videos on this channel which include educational content on trauma, ptsd, addiction, and experiential trauma therapy.


What is Trauma? Defining & Explaining Trauma

This video offers a basic introduction to trauma and traumatic experiences. Trauma is defined and explained including the different types of trauma. Professionals, students, and others interested in learning about trauma will find this video helpful.

To learn more about trauma, check out this free 2 page handout

Or, click here to access Dr. Scott’s new ebook for free (see chapter 7 on trauma) –

Don’t forget to explore our other videos on this channel which include educational content on trauma, ptsd, addiction, and experiential trauma therapy.


Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama – Book Release

Social Work, Sociometry, and Psychodrama: Experiential Approaches for Group Therapists, Community Leaders, and Social Workers

by Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, PAT

Open-Access Book by Springer Nature; free eBook here

Buy a physical copy of the book on Amazon here

Book Description:

This open access book outlines the intersections between social work and the methods of sociometry and psychodrama. Different sections offer essential practice wisdom for both trauma-focused and trauma-informed experiential work for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. This text enriches the understanding of various action-based approaches and highlights how to enliven social work practice. The chapters include clinical vignettes and examples of structured sociometric prompts with diverse populations, topics, and social work settings to enhance the understanding of group practice, individual practice, and community practice. It provides social workers and other professionals with dynamic tools to improve assessment, intervention, activism, and leadership. Strength-based practical tools are offered to readers, along with guidance for theoretical conceptualizations. This integrative book is an essential read for students, practitioners, leaders, and scholars within the fields of social work, psychodrama, the creative art therapies, group therapy, community organizing, and social activism.

The book content also includes vignettes and examples from drawn from Scott’s work at the Phoenix Center providing clinical services, supervision, and training. In its first week of publication, the book reached the #1 New Release spot on Amazon in the category of Medical Psychology Research and the free eBook was downloaded over 21,000 times!

Published as the first book in a new international book series: Psychodrama in Counselling, Coaching, and Education


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. This phenomenon of growing after experiencing trauma has been labeled “Post-Traumatic Growth”.

Visit our website to see how one of our clinicians might be able to help you cultivate post-traumatic growth –

#Trauma #TraumaTherapy #PostTraumaticGrowth #Phoenix #ptsd

Creative Arts Therapy Symposium

We are grateful for the beautiful Creative Arts Therapy Symposium yesterday at Center for Families in Bryn Mawr!

Dr Scott Giacomucci & Dr Steven Durost presented an afternoon workshop on Sociometry, Psychodrama, & Experiential Trauma Group Therapy and engaged the entire audience in the short psychodrama piece! All of the presenters yesterday creatively integrated content & process for a fun and exciting training experience for all.

We are happy to support the growth of the creative arts therapies in our community by both presenting and providing CEUs for this event. Thank you to Sean Rodgers for all his work organizing this event and to Mirmont Treatment Center & Ashley Addiction Treatment for sponsoring the event!

Experiential Social Group Work

Another powerful post-graduate training today “Experiential Social Group Work: Tools for Therapists, Educators, Supervisors, & Community Leaders” at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research with Scott Giacomucci & Amy Stone!

Today we explored the utility of sociometry & psychodrama in both clinical and non-clinical settings. Experiential Education, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and mutual aid were emphasized as uniting factors between group therapy and other group work arenas.

Visit our website to learn more about future training opportunities –

#SocialWork #GroupWork #GroupPsychotherapy #Sociometry #PsychoDrama #MutualAid #ExperientialEducation #InterpersonalNeurobiology

New Office!

We are excited to announce the opening of our new office!

We are now able to take new clients & referrals – 484-440-9416

This new space will allow us to continue to grow as new clinicians join our team to help keep up with the community’s needs for trauma therapy & educational services.

Check out our newest trauma therapists, both taking new clients:

Rachel Longer, MSS, LSW, CET 1 –

Leela Ehrhart, MA, CET 1 –

Our new space has multiple individual office spaces and a large group room. Stay tuned for newly forming groups including:

-experiential trauma therapy client groups

-personal growth intensives

-supervision groups for licensing, psychodrama, & experiential trauma therapy

-EMDR consultation group

Special thanks to Amy Stone for all the amazing work she does at the center and to Maria Sotomayor & Chad Tingley for helping to decorate!

Also stay posted for an open house in the next month or two!

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