Creatively Centering Yourself
A group practice specializing in mild to severe trauma and trauma-related symptoms, including ancestral, systemic, and racial trauma. We center the lived experience of QT-BIPOC clients and clinicians.
Therapy, Altered always offers in-person and virtual sessions for individuals across the state of Oregon, Washington, and in other states across the US.
Sliding Scale fees are available. Accepting new clients!
Email us here to make an appointment!
And we're hiring! See the Staff page for more details!
WHO IS THERAPY, ALTERED FOR?
You may be here because you have trauma, of any kind. You might be here 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. You might be here because someone told you that you have "too much trauma" and they can't help you. You might be here because you're looking for a specialist in DID and dissociative disorders. You might be here because you need cost accessible treatment and/or telehealth provided by therapists who believe therapy is for EVERY body, not just those who can pay a certain amount or have a certain level of access. You might be here because you're searching for anti-racist, anti-oppressive treatment.
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
Aren't sure why they don't feel okay, but they don't
Feel as though they don't fit into the dominant culture, 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 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
Have been told by their past providers, "you have too much trauma for me to help you."
Are looking for low-cost, non-insurance based treatment options
IT’S YOUR STORY
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.
We provide a wide range of therapeutic practices provided by individuals with a range of life and professional experiences. Here you'll find clinicians who are fully licensed for independent practice, graduates who may or may not hold interest in future licensure, and clinical students building skills. All of these therapists are well equipped to support you in achieving your goals. Check out our blog to learn more about what being "licensed" actually means, and the ways in which systems create false tiers that reduce access to care and create unnecessary divides.
Community Care Model
At TA, we work on a Community Care Model. This means that the individuals in our community who have the ability to pay full price are helping us to support those of us who lack funding for services. This is how we can maintain our track record of not turning away any client, regardless of their access to funds. We very gratefully thank you for paying the highest amount you can afford. When we care for those who have the least access, everyone wins.
Student Interns: $10-60 sliding scale, pro bono spots available
Graduates and Licensed Therapists: $50-150 sliding scale, pro bono slots available
All our clinicians provide telehealth services.
Do you take insurance?
Not currently, but soon!
We do have the ability to provide you with a super bill which you can submit to your insurance company in order to be reimbursed.
Why would I choose to work with a graduate intern? What do they have to offer me?
All of our graduate interns are directly supervised by our incredible licensed staff. We stand by our graduate interns, and fully believe they are just as capable of meeting your needs as anyone else.
How can I offer mutual aid in order to help fund those who cannot afford therapeutic services?
Thanks for such a lovely offer. We encourage you to do so through paying the full asking price for sessions. If you can afford the cost, you're directly funding those who can afford less.
What sets TA apart from other mental health agencies?
Our clinicians hold many marginalized identities, so they probably come directly from your community, and share lived experience with you. Finally, we prioritize the needs of BIPOC bodies 24/7, 365.
What if I want to work with someone but they're full?
Feel free to let us know, and we can get you on their waitlist, and offer you referrals in the meantime. Our waitlists are currently overflowing, because there are so many individuals, couples, children, and families who need support. However, we are constantly expanding, and believe given enough time we can find someone who can support you fully.
IN REBECCA'S OWN WORDS
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 NEED SUPPORT NOW
So what if you need support immediately? Contacting Therapy, Altered is not an instant fix.
IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OR CRISIS, PLEASE CALL 911
HEAD TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY CENTER
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
Lines for Life 800.273.TALK (8255)
Text '273TALK' to 839863
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255
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)
www.rainn.org - online hotline chat services