Niels Nielsen, MD
Private Practice | UW Faculty | Telepsychiatry
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.
Training & Work
MD since 2001
Psychiatry and psychotherapy residency at the University of Virginia (chief resident)
Board certified (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology)
Private practice and Telepsychiatry
Clinical Instructor at UW
Resident, physician and therapist supervision
Pharmacogenomics (using your genetic information to guide treatment decisions)
Consultation in primary care (Giving a roadmap to you and your primary care doctor to help with your mental health needs)
What conditions do you treat?
I treat most psychiatric conditions. Some require medications, others psychotherapy, others both. Some examples:
Grief and loss
Anxiety and panic attacks
Trauma / PTSD
Alcohol / substance abuse
Gender / LGBT-related concerns
Others. Just ask!
I see patients 18 years old and above.
Unfortunately, due to Medicare rules, I cannot accept patients with Medicare.
Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, Valium, etc): I only prescribe these medications if you are in the process of tapering them off, with the goal of completely stopping them.
If you are on an opioid pain killer such as morphine, methadone, suboxone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, etc., I will not prescribe benzodiazepines or sleep medications such as Ambien or Lunesta ("z-drugs"). I will help you find other alternatives.
Stimulant medications to treat narcolepsy and ADHD (Adderall, Dexedrine, Vyvanse, Ritalin, others): only if a diagnosis is confirmed and the medication is appropriate in your individual case. If you are already on these medications, I will not refill them until my assessment is complete. This may require further testing, and more than a single visit for a full evaluation.
Fees charged are for my time and expertise, not to obtain a specific prescription. I believe in partnering with people in their treatment and will do my best to provide with alternatives to these medications, if they are not indicated.
Services I don't provide
Emotional Support Animal Letters
Assessments for ability to return to work, ability to own a weapon, ability to drive a certain vehicle, etc.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / Electroconvulsive Therapy / Ketamine – I can refer you to outside services.
Couples or Family Therapy
Court-ordered treatment, or treatment under the Washington Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA)