Accepting Couples & Families Only at this time ¡Solo esta aceptando a parejas y familias de clientes en este momento! 

Director Of Operations & Therapist

Biografía en Español abajo Therapy offerings in English & Spanish

María José is our designated staff for Continued Education (CE’s) and practice administration. Do not hesitate to contact her about CE events, billing and policies.

María José Sotomayor-Giacomucci, MSS, LSW, CCTP (she/her/ella). I am a native Spanish speaker. I have experience working with communities that experience trauma, grief, loss, ambiguous loss, uncertainties with the legal system, detention, and incarceration. I enjoy working with children, teens, adults, families, and couples. I am a LGBTQIA+ affirming & ally therapist. In my role at the Phoenix Trauma Center, my approach is to always respect the dignity of each person and honor each story in a non-judgmental way. I value the sacredness of your story and experiences.

I obtained my master’s in social services (equivalent to Social Work) with a clinical concentration from Bryn Mawr College and earned my B.A in Psychology and Minor in Communications from Neumann University. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and fellow with the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing (CFWB) at Bryn Mawr College. I have completed advanced trauma therapy training in EMDR, experiential therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples. I specialize in working with community activists, children 8 +, adolescents, adults, families and couples. I have years of experience working with immigrant and refugee communities and community activists. I specialize in issues of trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, relationships and life transitions. I also integrate the power of art and poetry into my work when applicable.

At the Phoenix Center, I co-lead a therapy group on the topic of grief and loss. Learn more about my group here.

What to expect when working with me during couples therapy?

We will schedule a free 15-minute consultation call to learn about what brings you and your partner to couples therapy. I will explain more about how I integrate Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples. We will schedule our first intake session together as a couple to learn more about your history together. Session 3-4 I will ask each partner to meet with me individually. Then we will continue to meet together to assess your goals, needs in the relationship, identify cycles that keep reoccurring and learn how to connect with each other in a non-judgemental way. My goal as a couple’s therapist is to always help you slow down and highlight patterns and processes that impact your relationship. I am also doing the same with how you support one another and strengthen the relationship.

What to expect when working with me in family therapy?

We will schedule a free 15-minute consultation call to learn about what brings you seek family therapy. We will schedule our first family intake session to learn more about your history, goals and identify cycles that keep reoccurring. Everyone in the family will have the opportunity to speak and be welcomed into family therapy. I will help you slow down, notice reoccurring cycles that impact relationships within the family system, strengths, and growth.

María José’s typical fee is $155 for individual therapy (53 min); $165 (60 mins) for couples and family therapy. She can work on a flexible sliding scale if needed. Although she only works on a self-pay basis, she is able to provide documentation for clients to submit for out-of-network reimbursement from their insurance provider.

Contact María José at or call our main line at 484-440-9416

Hola mi nombre es María José Sotomayor-Giacomucci (uso el pronombre: ella). Mi primer idioma es español. Tengo experiencia trabajando con comunidades que han paso por trauma, pérdidas y duelo, pérdida ambigua, incertidumbres con el sistema legal, detención y encarcelamiento. Me gusta trabajar con niños de 8+, adolescentes, adultos, familias y parejas. Yo una terapeuta aliada (ally) y de afirmación con la comunidad LGBTQIA+. Para mi es muy importante respetar la dignidad de cada persona, y honorar sus historias sin prejuicios.

Obtuve mi maestría en Servicios Sociales (equivalente a Trabajo Social) con una concentración clínica en la universidad de Bryn Mawr College y obtuve mi título universitario en Psicología y una concentración en Comunicaciones en la Universidad de Neumann. Soy un Profesional Certificado en Trauma (CTP), y un fellow del Centro para el Bienestar Infantil y Familiar (CFWB) en Bryn Mawr College. Me especializo en trabajar con niños mayores de 8 años, adolescentes, adultos, familias y parejas. Tengo años de experiencia trabajando con comunidades inmigrantes y refugiados y activistas comunitarios. También me especializo en temas de trauma, justicia educativa, pérdida y duelo, depresión y ansiedad, posparto, inmigración, relaciones y transiciones de vida.

En el Phoenix Center, utilizo mis habilidades clínicas liderando un grupo de apoyo para adultos sobre el duelo. Mas información aquí.

El costo por sesión es $ 155 por terapia individual de 53 minutos, $165 por parejas (60 min) y terapia familiar; tengo espacio limitado para terapia a bajo costo.

Comuníquese con María José por correo o llame a nuestra línea principal al 484-440-9416

María José  is available for consultation and trainings on:

  • How to support immigrant families in schools and organizations,
  • Access to college for undocumented students, and
  • Support groups for immigrants, undocumented students, and young adults and community activists.

Please contact her directly for training and consultation fees.