Scott Giacamucci

Dr. Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III, CP, PAT is the Directer and Founder of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy in West Chester, PA.

phoenix trauma center

The Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy believes in their approach of – “While we cannot change the past, we can change how past experiences live within us.”

Dr. Scott Giacomucci, MSS, LCSW, CTTS, CET III, CP, PAT is the Directer and Founder of the Phoenix Center for Experiential Trauma Therapy located in West Chester, PA.

Scott has experience working with patients going through:

  • the death of a loved one
  • any kind of loss and grieving
  • sexual abuse
  • relational trauma
  • military or any work-related trauma
  • childhood trauma and attachment
  • single-incident traumatic events
  • anxiety and depression

Scott is recognized by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress as a Fellow, which is the Academy’s highest status. As well as receiving multiple awards for his work, he has been recognized around the world for his groundbreaking workshops.

He is highly involved in professional programs. He is a Diplomat and Executive Council member of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama and a board member of the International Society of Experiential Professionals.

Scott is an internationally certified trainer with Therapeutic Spiral International and teaches as an adjunct professor at Bryn Mawr College’s Master’s in Social Work program. He is certified through the International Society of Experiential Professionals as an experiential therapist, trainer, and supervisor (CET III; ACT; AES).

The Manor of Hope works together with Scott to provide the best therapy we can to our residents. Our guys like working with Scott because of his gentle and non-judgmental treatment approach. Each of our residents is treated with the utmost respect and shown their inherent value.

To read more about Scott, visit the Phoenix Trauma Center website

laura sommer

Laura Sommer, M.Ed, LPC

Primary Therapist

Laura is from Pittsburgh, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and then went on to earn her Masters in Education in Counseling Psychology at Temple University in 2005. From there she made Philadelphia her home and began her professional journey working with people suffering from the disease of addiction.

Her passion for education and behavioral change was honed while working in South Philadelphia at a substance abuse clinic. While there, Laura was able to see the tragedy and triumph of people who needed specialized help with their addiction. At that point Laura was driven to learn the best practices to help those who need help with their suffering. Then while at the Treatment Research Institute, Laura spent time working and training on a National Institute of Health grant-funded position charged with implementing empirically-supported treatments to adults and adolescents suffering from addiction and those who are resistant to treatment. During her career Laura has lead therapeutic groups on everything from smoking cessation, and sleep hygiene to cancer support and sexually transmitted illnesses.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor Laura has spent the last 15 years providing counseling and support to individuals, families, and adolescents with addiction and mental illness. She is able to use her skills, training and experience to connect with, coach and support the men at the Manor of Hope to learn to live and think differently.

Deborah Kerr, MS, LPC

Deborah Kerr, MS, LPC

Therapist

“Your addiction is not who you are.”

As a person who is living in recovery, this is the first thing Deborah works to help her clients understand about themselves. Deborah is passionate about helping people realize their worth just by being who they are. Deborah strongly believes that in order to recover, one must believe they are worthy of recovery.

Recovery is hard work. It requires an honest desire and willingness to change one’s thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. This occurs through deep self-exploration and examination of all parts of ourselves, especially the ones we don’t want to see. This is often scary and confusing. However, when we know that we have someone to support us in this journey and walk alongside us, the task is less daunting.

It is said and it is true that our secrets keep us sick. Moreover, when we bury our feelings, we bury them alive. Deborah works with her clients to earn their trust and to create a safe space where they can dig deep and free themselves of the secrets, feelings, and experiences that sustain the roots of addiction. She does this using a person-centered approach which is free from judgment and willingness to accept her clients for who they are, and not what they have done.

As a second career therapist with a former business background, Deborah brings a unique perspective and skill set to her work as a therapist due to her varied life experiences and as a person living in recovery. A lifelong Philadelphia area resident, Deborah enjoys spending her free time with her 2 college-age children, her dogs, friends and family, her hobbies, and being a staunch Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Deborah graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a Master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She has experience working with patients with a wide variety of mental health struggles including depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, trauma, grief, eating disorders, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, and couples counseling.

custom woodwork

Signature Galleries and First Avenue Woodworking in Royersford, PA

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Signature Galleries and First Avenue Woodworking Studio is located in Royersford, PA. in an old brick industrial building right along the Schuylkill River. The building is where their furniture is created and shown.

Edward and Sherrie Schoen have been making custom wood pieces for the last 33 years. They’ve been featured in House & Home Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, American Woodworker Magazine, Audio Video Interiors magazine as well as others.

They are a full service cabinet shop. They build, finish, and install their handmade pieces with their own small crew including some of the residents from the Manor of Hope working through the Building Futures Program.

Ed and Sherrie have given employment and apprenticeship opportunities to multiple residents of the Manor through the past years and are close partners.

Just announced
In the beginning of 2020, the Manor of Hope and Ed and Sherrie are banding together to create a new initiative in which a portion of their beautiful waterfront woodshop will be dedicated to a learning space for Manor of Hope community members. The plan is to expand access of the Woodworking School to the larger recovery community as well as provide opportunity for those in recovery to earn income through craftsmanship and entrepreneurship. Read about our new woodworking school and check out the building 

Read more about the Signature Galleries and First Avenue Woodworking Studio on their website

custom woodwork

Stony Hill Farm in Pottstown, PA

stony hill farm

Our wonderful partner is a local Pennsylvania business. Stony Hill Farm in Coventry, Pa has been assisting the Manor of Hope in the planning and execution of our extensive organic gardens. They have the experience and expertise to build carefully thought out gardens, establish a planting schedule, and keep us informed of the process throughout the growing seasons. They also provide us with fresh chickens and eggs.  The Manor of Hope searches out the best & healthiest products we can to keep all of our residents well-fed and healthy through their journey.  We are incredibly thankful for our relationship with them.

Read more about the Stony Hill Farm on their website