Seattle Psych Practice Philosophy

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  Doctor Hammel's Psychiatric Practice Philosophy:


  • Although what occurs in treatment obviously is a "patient"-"doctor" relationship, it is essentially a collaborative relationship in which our goal is improved psychiatric health, progressive improvement, positive change, and increased understanding and insight.
  • Each of my clients is the "captain" of their ship; I am merely a co-captain (or perhaps highly qualified "navigator".)
  • Medications are not always "the only answer" and Dr. Hammel encourages his clients to be open-minded in seeking improvement and change which is multifaceted and multifactorial.
  • Psychiatric healing, at its best, includes attention to all aspects of a client's personhood.
  • Psychiatric healing includes respect for a client's spiritual, cultural, and social background--and all points of pain and pride along that path. 
  • Although biochemical imbalances can certainly be a driving force for why psychiatric treatment is sought, healing requires a thorough, comprehensive medical assessment of all factors relevant to each individual and highly unique patient--from birth to the present.
  • Dr. Hammel recognizes that these are uncertain, anxiety-producing times we live in, and that self-care and self-improvement in these difficult times can be especially challenging, but is always possible. 
  • Dr. Hammel believes that the specialized, individual psychiatric care of the patient should be guided and structured, first and foremost, by the client and physician.
  • Dr. Hammel does not contract with any insurance companies and is an "out-of-network" provider; clients may submit invoices to their insurance providers for reimbursement for his services.
  • Dr. Hammel believes that the therapeutic alliance he develops with each of his clients is based on trust, open communication, compassion, and respect.
  • Dr. Hammel considers the goals of treatment to be the optimization of each of his clients' health and making sure their lives are as complete and full as possible.