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TeleTherapy Online Sessions

By Rachel Longer, MSS, LSW, CET I

After careful consideration, and in response to COVID-19, The Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (PCETT) has decided to temporarily move our services online last week. The most important part of trauma therapy is safety and we hope this change will help to maintain the health and safety of our clients and their families. We put together this FAQ to help you navigate any questions you may have regarding teletherapy at the PCETT.

How does teletherapy work?

We are using a platform called Zoom to offer remote video sessions to our PCETT clients. You can access this site from anywhere using a computer, phone, tablet, or other device. Just click on your personalized Zoom invitation link to join your therapist for a session.

Can we still do experiential therapy on zoom?

YES! Though this is a new experience for everyone, Phoenix Center staff are learning creative ways of using experiential therapy techniques through teletherapy. There are, of course, limitations to what can be done – and extra considerations for safety with trauma work, but we are finding that there are even some benefits to teletherapy when it comes to therapy and experiential work.

How do I access the Zoom invitation link?

Before your scheduled appointment, your therapist will send you an email containing a Zoom invitation link. No need to create an account!

Can I use Zoom for free?

Yes! You can use Zoom for no added cost to your regular session rate.

Is Zoom secure?

Zoom protects and encrypts all audio and video data transmitted through its system. It supports and complies with HIPAA security standards to keep your information safe and private.

Will my insurance reimburse me for teletherapy?

Many insurance companies are waiving any barriers to reimbursement for telehealth amidst the pandemic COVID-19. If you are unsure, call your insurance company to ask them if your plan includes reimbursement for teletherapy with an out-of-network provider. The billing code used to identify this service to insurance companies is 90837-95.

If you have any further questions regarding Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy teletherapy services, please call us at 484-440-9416.

Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth

While therapist are at risk for vicarious trauma, we are also likely to experience Vicarious Post-Traumatic Growth – positive change a therapist or professional experiences as a result of being exposed to the trauma of others.

(Vicarious) Post-traumatic growth emerges in 5 domains: increased personal strength, enhanced relationships, spiritual growth, new possibilities in life, and appreciation of life.

Visit our training page to learn more about upcoming workshops or info on how to bring a training to your agency on burnout & vicarious post-traumatic growth –

PostTraumaticGrowth #TraumaTherapy #TraumaTreatment #TheTraumaTherapist #VicariousTrauma #VicariousPostTraumaticGrowth #SecondaryTrauma #BurnOut #CompassionFatigue

New IFS and Psychodrama Publication

We are excited to share a recent publication by our staff Rachel A. Longer, MSS, LSW, CET I & Scott Giacomucci DSW,LCSW,CTTS,CP,PAT on the intersection of Internal Family Systems and Psychodrama. Though many have acknowledged the connection, is one of the first publications on the topic!

Longer, R. & Giacomucci, S. (2020). Parts, Roles, and the Spark of Creation: An Early Look at the Integration of Internal Family Systems Therapy and Psychodrama. Psychodrama Network News. Winter Issue, p. 7. Princeton, NJ: American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama. Access Article Here

New Women’s Experiential Trauma Therapy Group


Are you finding that trauma, grief and loss are impacting your daily life? Maybe you are feeling stuck, or maybe you are tired of feeling haunted by the past. This is a group for any woman ready to grow, to live your life from a place of feeling whole, and practice being grounded in the present moment.

Trauma, grief, and loss look different in all of our lives. Loss is at the heart of all trauma. Sometimes, we may even be experiencing trauma and grief over what is called an ambiguous loss, or losses which are not characterized by death. This could be a physical or emotional loss of a part of self, loss of a relationship, loss of job, loss of future/time/possibility, etc. These experiences share several core commonalities: disconnection, confusion, pain, and loss of safety. The opposite of loss is connection, which is what this group provides – a safe place for connection, growth, and healing.

Come join Rachel Longer, MSS, LSW, CET I and Leela Ehrhart, MA, CET I for a 12-week group for women who are wishing to grow through trauma, grief, and loss. With a strengths-based focus, we will use experiential techniques and mindfulness meditation to help build connection, safety, grounding in the present, and integration of mind, body, and spirit. Clients in the group are expected to be in individual therapy at the Phoenix Center or elsewhere due to the nature of the group.

Reach out to us to register:



New Men’s Experiential Trauma Group

This group welcomes men with the common goal of living lives of integrity and being in integrity in their relationships.

This is not a group where we will sit in a circle telling war-stories about trauma or loss. Here, we will cultivate the healing experiences necessary to grow from trauma. Sessions will be facilitated using experiential therapy and psychodrama techniques with an emphasis on safety, strengths, and empowering participants to put change into action.
Group sessions will include various embodied and experiential forms of therapy that allow us to move beyond words or narratives. Instead of an emphasis on retelling trauma stories — we will build the strengths necessary to change how trauma lives within us and alter the trajectories of our lives going forward. Clients in the group are expected to be in individual therapy at the Phoenix Center or elsewhere due to the nature of the group.

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider

We are excited to announce that we have been granted CE Provider status by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)!

As our requests for training & presentations continue to expand beyond the Philadelphia area, this allows us to provide CEUs for counselors throughout the country. These credits are also accepted by New Jersey for drug & alcohol counselors.

Reach out to us for more information about experiential trauma/addiction therapy training for your staff or for information on how we can provide CEUs for your events!

Psychodrama & Education

New psychodrama & education publication in the University of Pennsylvania Doctorate in Social Work Newsletter – The Clinician. This article, by Phoenix Center’s Director, Scott Giacomucci, is titled “Psychodramatically Becoming Your Future Doctor Self: A DSW First Year Immersion Session”.

#psychodrama #sociometry #socialwork #experientialtherapy #experientialeducation #DoctorateinSocialWork


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

Phoenix Center Open House!

Please RSVP to

Experiential Group Tools for Post-Traumatic Growth and Networking | 3pm-4pm | 1 CE Hour
Presented by the Phoenix Center team: Dr. Scott Giacomucci, Amy Stone, Rachel Longer, & Leela Ehrhart
This event will highlight the importance of post-traumatic growth while connecting it to the symbol of the phoenix. We will demonstrate simple experiential group facilitation skills used to uncover similarities and connections within groups. In this context, we will use them as networking tools to establish stronger connections between attendees while celebrating post-traumatic growth in our clients. The clinical importance of safety, relationships, and connection will be emphasized as it relates to experiential trauma therapy.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify one action-based group tool; 2) Define post-traumatic growth; 3) Explain the importance of connection in establishing safety

Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (Lic. #004115) is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors. Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy (Lic. # PSY000215) is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer continuing education for psychologists. Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy maintains responsibility for the program.

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!

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