About me and my approaches to practice:
As I welcome you to become a patient in my practice, it is important for me to help you become familiar with my treatment approach and some of my basic practice principles. Having a small practice has many advantages, but also comes with some limitations and it is important for both of us to have a clear understanding of how my practice operates, so we can embark on a successful relationship and engage in meaningful treatment for you. After reviewing office policies, you will be asked to sign that you have reviewed this document.
I trained in psychiatry and psychotherapy at the University of Virginia, where I also served as a chief resident. I am board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, working in private practice in Seattle. In my treatment approach I emphasize how physical and mental health complement each other. Through understanding social, cultural, psychological and biological aspects of one's mental health, I provide a comprehensive treatment to my patients.
On becoming a patient:
Our first appointment will be a consultation which generally lasts around one hour.
Communication and Collaboration with other providers:
Frequency of appointments:
Fees and Payment:
Cancellations / Missed Appointments:
Contact Between Appointments:
No photography or audio recording is permitted in sessions.
Services I do NOT provide:
You have the right to review and obtain a copy of your health information, with limited exceptions. You may request a copy of your records by submitting a written request to Niels Nielsen, MD. There may be a nominal fee to cover printing/photocopying and shipping costs.
On becoming a former patient:
People end treatment with their physicians for many reasons. It’s best to talk with me about reasons for ending our treatment relationship so that if needed I can help with your transition. On some occasions I may encourage a patient to seek treatment with a different psychiatrist if they do not seem to be benefiting from treatment with me or simply require a different setting or different expertise. Like most important decisions regarding relationships, this one is best made after discussion and input from patient and physician. The success of any physician-patient relationship depends greatly on indefinable qualities we sometimes refer to as "chemistry." Because of this I want you to feel free to discuss with him your interest in changing to a different physician.
On rare occasions I may also find it necessary to terminate our treatment without your agreement. For example, this may be done if you choose not to comply with treatment recommendations to such an extent that the treatment is ineffective. Treatment may also be terminated if:
Please note that I reserve the right to terminate any patient from my practice without providing a reason.
Under certain circumstances I will remain responsible for your care for up to thirty days after I have advised you that I will no longer provide care. This may or may not include providing continued medication refills at my discretion.