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Emergency Resources

What to do in a Crisis

Crises arise at all times of day and night. I generally work 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all weekdays except Thursday, and crisis messages received during those hours will be answered as promptly as possible. If you require urgent attention outside my regular business hours, the following are your other resources:

If for any reason you are contemplating harm to yourself or to someone else and you are not able to reach your therapist by phone, you should not hesitate to contact your local crisis center and/or the nearest hospital.


If ever you find that your life is threatened, or if you have found someone else whose life appears in imminent danger, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

Be advised, however, that 9-1-1 calls are always taken seriously. You can expect emergency services -- the Police, the Fire Department, or a local Emergency Medical Service -- to be dispatched when you call 9-1-1.

Urgent Care Resources

If you are not able to reach me or any "on-call person" by phone, and you are unsure about your own safety or the safety of another person, please call your local crisis center. Be prepared to explain who you are and what your particular crisis situation is and know that from a crisis center, emergency services may be dispatched to your address.

In Portland, the number to call is 503.988.4888

This number is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You may also go to the nearest emergency room. You should know, however, that emergency rooms receive all types of emergencies and they can be an uncomfortable place to be. Nonetheless, if you feel your safety is questionable, or if you are contemplating suicide or homicide, the emergency room is the place to go. Take along your therapist's business card and/or their number and allow the hospital staff to contact them. This may require your signature on a Release of Information, but it could assist the hospital with your care.