The following are phone numbers you may call if you are experiencing an emergency or crisis.
- For a life threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Contact Multnomah County Crisis Line 1.800.716.9769 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
- If you suspect child abuse or neglect in Multnomah County, please call the toll-free 800.509.5439.
Teens may contact the youth line for mental health crisis. See link here.
The following are books that I often recommend while working with parents. These can be helpful in gaining and processing information in-between sessions.
- The Explosive Child: A new approach for understanding and parenting easily frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, Ross W. Greene PhD
- The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Processing Disorder by Carole Kranowitz
- The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carole Kranowitz
- The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel
- No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, by Daniel Siegel, and Tina Payne Bryson
- I Love You Rituals, by Becky Bailey
These are just a few books for adults pertaining to topics of personal growth, existential issues and relationships.
- The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
- Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
- Reclaiming your Real Self by Patrick Johnson
- The Wild Edge of Sorrow by Francis Weller
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Daily Parts Meditatino Practice by Michelle Glass
Literature can be very helpful in delivering information about sensitive topics to children. I refer often to these books in my work, and recommend them depending on a child’s individual needs and issues.
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
- A great book about attachment and helpful for kids who are starting Kindergarten or feeling anxious about being separated from their parents.
- The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
- Another great book with themes of attachment and connection with kids and parents. Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
- Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert
- A book for kids (and adults) about grief and loss.
- Dinosaur’s Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families by Marc Brown
- A great book for ages 6-10 years of age about Divorce and Separation.
- My Blue is Happy by Jessica Young
- A general book about feelings and colors and understanding differences in people’s experiences.
- The Family Book by Todd Parr
- A book for young kids (ages 2-5) about families and how they come in different shapes and sizes.
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
- A great book for determined kids who have a “perfectionist” streak in them. This book is about making mistakes but persisting. Great for ages 7-12.
- Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
- This book is for kids who are ready for conversations about sex, bodies etc. It has lots of words and may be boring for kids under age 5.
- From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom
- A beautiful story about a kid who can change shape. Sometimes they are a boy, or a girl or a bird or a fish or a tree or a star. This is all wonderful until they go to school and the other children feel confused. A great story for all children, about differences and gender fluidity.
- I am Enough by Grace Byers
- A story for kids about being “enough” even if you make mistakes. (Good lesson for adults too!).