Coaching and Therapy FAQs

What should I do in the case of an emergency?

Non-emergency calls between sessions should be for the purpose of negotiating our next appointment.  Calls to the Encino and Valencia practice offices are automatically routed to my cell phone.  When I am not available, I rely on voicemail for messages.

When I expect to be unavailable for an extended period of time, or when I know I will not be able to return calls within 24 hours, my outgoing phone message will include specific instructions for reaching a therapist-on-call who can provide assistance with urgent matters during my absence. 

Unfortunately, from time to time, electronic technology fails.  If your call is not answered as quickly as you may need, call again.

ICall 911

in the event of any life-threatening emergency
when there is immediate danger to you or others.

Never use Tweets or posts to Social Networking Sites
to communicate with me.

Do not use email or text messages (SMS) for
content-sensitive or time-critical messages.

n the event of an emergency,
the best way to reach me is by phone
at 818.385.0550.

Additional Resources

Los Angeles County Psychiatric Mobile Response Team
- 818.832.2410 (during daytime hours)
for individuals in crisis who are not willing to seek voluntary treatment

Hospitals with Psychiatric Units in or near the
San Fernando Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley
  • Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital - 888.383.8111 or 661.253.8954
  • Mission Community Hospital - 818.361.7331
  • Northridge Hospital - 818.908.8684
  • Olive View Medical Center - 818.364.3432
  • Pacifica Hospital - 818.767.3310
  • Tarzana Treatment Center - 818.996.7019
  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute - 310.825.9989

HotLines and LifeLines

  • California Youth Crisis Line - 800.843.5200
  • Child Abuse Hotline - 800.540.4000
  • Los Angeles County Adult Protective Services - 213.351.5401
  • Los Angeles County Elder Abuse Hotline - 877.4.R.SENIORS
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800.273.TALK (8255)

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