Therapy, Altered

Creatively Centering Yourself

A small private practice specializing in mild to severe trauma and trauma-related symptoms,  including ancestral, systemic, and racial trauma.

**A Note about COVID-19.

Therapy, Altered is providing specially discounted rates for virtual sessions for those individuals who need support. Please reach out**

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You may be here because you have trauma, of any kind. You might be on this page because you've tried other versions of counseling and you didn't get what you needed. You might also be here because you're looking for something but you don't quite know what. You might be someone who knows something is going on for them, and that you could feel better but don't know how. 

Therapy, Altered clients:

  • Have been through extremely difficult times

  • Have struggled to tell someone about what's happened/happening to them

  • Feel "strange" in their bodies

  • Are tired of just talking to a therapist

  • Wonder if there are other ways to feel better

  • Aren't sure why they don't feel okay, but they don't

  • Feel as though they don't fit into the dominant culture that surrounds them, maybe because of gender identity, sexual identity, race, culture, or ethnicity

  • Are worried about a child in their life because "something is up", but they aren't exactly sure what

  • Would like to find and connect with a group of people who feel like they do

  • Don't want to talk about their feelings but still want to feel better

  • Are continually impacted by ancestral, systemic, racial, or intragenerational trauma

  • Desire to use creative arts therapies to heal

  • Are looking for non-traditional therapeutic experiences

  • Haven't found a local therapist they feel connected with, and are interested in telehealth services

  • Are searching for a therapist that looks like them, and with whom they have shared experiences


Trauma "looks" different on different people. Here are

some less commonly known symptoms:

  • loss of fine motor skills         repetitive movements 

  • sleep paralysis                           "poor memory"

  • feeling "unreal"               excessive daydreaming

  • feelings of floating       feelings that "aren't mine"

  • paranoia                                           time loss

  • anxiety                    headaches or stomachaches

  • unexplained fear or terror                   avoidance

  • recurring dreams                                     dread

  • startling easily                              low self-worth

  • thoughts that "aren't mine"       high/low sex drive

  • zoning out                            "either/or thinking"

  • inability to play or imagine                     "ADHD" 

  • self-destructive behavior                racing thoughts


In the past, therapists and psychiatrists believed trauma was an event, either single or multiple incidents over time (aka "complex trauma"). Now we know trauma is not an event, it's an experience. We all experience trauma differently. What is "traumatic" for one person is not for another.


Maybe you've been told what happened to you "wasn't a big deal" or "wasn't as bad as what happened to me". I'm here to tell you that's not true. The way you experienced something, and the way you feel when you think about it, that tells us whether or not you have experienced trauma. If there is something you've been holding on to because you were told it wasn't important or that no one would care, maybe it's time you let it go.

Reach out.


You did it. Nice work.


Rebecca Davis, LiCSWA (license pending), MA

Rebecca is a trauma therapist living and working in Portland, OR. In the past, she has worked primarily with foster youth and their families, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse/assault. She uses EMDR, Somatic Experiencing (TM), and drama therapy to support her clients in healing. When out of her office, Rebecca is presenting at conferences and hosting workshops across the country, training future therapists at colleges and universities, and providing consultations on dissociative disorders/the impact of pre-verbal trauma.

For more information on her other work training social service professionals and organizations in anti-racist, trauma-informed care, visit



The root of cultural appropriation...this assumption that things don't have meaning because you don't know what it is, because they don't have meaning to you.

I really mean, how can I help loosen some of this trauma that gets locked in our bodies? When I'm dealing with really really scary things...if I'm waiting for inspiration to happen, no one is gonna get healed.

I used to hate MLK Day. MLK Day is the one day a year that everyone in your class looks at you to be the representative of an entire race...When I was a kid I would wonder, "Why is everybody looking at me?"

When Creativity Is HardRebecca Davis on Everyday Creative People
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We've also included some important numbers if you need a different kind of crisis assistance.

Local Crisis Numbers

Multnomah Co. Mental Health Crisis Line 503.988.4888

Clackamas Co. Mental Health Crisis Line 503.655.8585

Washington Co. Mental Health Crisis Line 503.291.9111

Suicide Prevention

Lines for Life 800.273.TALK (8255)

Text '273TALK' to 839863

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255

Domestic Violence

Call To Safety (formerly PWCL) 888.235.5333

Domestic Violence Resource Center Crisis Line 866.469.8620

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)

Rape and Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) 503.640.5311

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) - online hotline chat services