My communication policy is outlined in the Informed Consent Agreement that you received and signed when we first met. I have provided a copy of this section below for your convenience.

If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis, please consult the following article:
How to respond to a mental health emergency or crisis

In the event of an emergency, do not contact me. Instead, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. For non-emergency matters, you may call me on my cell phone: (410) 350-6100.

Please note, however, that I am often not immediately available by telephone. For example, when I am in session with a patient, my phone will be turned off and calls will go directly to voicemail. If you reach my voicemail, please leave your name, number, and a brief message, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are difficult to reach, please inform me of some times when you will be available for a call-back.

My policy is to take and respond to calls only between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Messages left on my voicemail after hours will be responded to first thing in the morning.

In the event of crises, same-day brief phone sessions (5-10 minutes) can usually be arranged, aimed at managing distressing emotions. If more time is needed, I can usually get clients in to be seen on the next business day. If a more urgent response is needed, please go to the nearest hospital emergency room and ask for the psychologist or psychiatrist on call, or use one of the following 24-hour crisis resources:

If I will be unavailable for an extended time, I will provide you with the name of a colleague to contact.