Seattle Psych Treatments and Specializations

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Psychiatric Treatments and Specializations

What is "Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine?"
  • This is the field which exists at the intersection of Medicine and Psychiatry. It has existed in Medicine since approximately the 1930's, and is one of the most rapidly growing sub-specialty areas of Psychiatry.
  • The phrase "Psychosomatic Medicine" refers to the complicated and nuanced ways in which the mind and body interact, and specifically provides a more elegant way of understanding "illness" than a simplistic mind-body dualistic split.
  • This field includes both consultation and liaison relationships, such that the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist works closely with your other physicians and providers in cardiology, oncology (cancer), hematology, surgery, general medicine, and other medical specialties and subspecialties.
  • One of the most rapidly growing areas of this sub-specialty field is in outpatient clinical practice, with the Consultation-Liaison psychiatric physician closely collaborating with primary care and specialist physicians in the community, in order to optimize the care and attention you receive as a patient within the community.
  • This can also include collaborating closely with your other mental health providers, even if you are already in therapy and looking for medication management.
Psychiatric Treatments offered include:
  • Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy (Medication Management)
  • Individual Therapy, utilizing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Humanistic Therapy, Bereavement Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy, and Brief Interpersonal Therapy.
  • Couples Therapy
  • One-time Consultations and "second opinions"
  • Combinations of all of these modalities

Dr. Hammel's Areas of Specialization in Psychiatric Healing and Consultation include:
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders/ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder with and without agoraphobia, and phobias
  • Affective Disorders, including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Affective Disorder ("manic depression"), Dysthymic Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Bereavement, including Anticipatory and Prolonged Bereavement
  • Psychiatric Oncology, including patients struggling with new diagnoses of cancer, as well as depressive and anxiety symptoms which commonly accompany cancer illnesses.
  • Psychiatric Cardiology, including anxiety and depressive symptoms which develop with heart failure and cardiac surgery
  • End-of-Life and Palliative Medicine Psychiatry, including home visits for those at the end of life and close collaboration with local hospice providers
  • Synthetic Substances
  • Trauma-related issues for those in the military, armed forces, and law enforcement
  • Pediatric Bereavement, both for parents who have lost children and children who have lost parental figures