Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS Therapy) in San Diego

TMS Treatment: What is it?

TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation San Diego Treatment RoomTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) uses a targeted magnetic field to stimulate areas of the brain that control mood and are thought to be underactive in people with depression or anxiety.

Safe & Effective

TMS services are FDA-approved TMS to treat patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvements from antidepressant medications. Over 1 million TMS treatments have been performed on over 25,000 patients.

Long-lasting Symptom Relief

In an open-label study, 68% of the participants who were followed for a year still maintained the benefits of TMS sessions.


TMS for depression is a precise medication-free outpatient easily conducted in our San Diego office and can be safely used with or without antidepressant medications. TMS is FDA-approved for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Is Non-Invasive

TMS is a non-invasive procedure. You are awake and alert for the therapy and can engage in normal activities immediately after, with no activity restrictions.

No Medication Side Effects

TMS therapy is free from the side effects that may occur with medications.

  • No weight gain
  • No sexual dysfunction
  • No fatigue

The most common side effect of therapies is pain or discomfort around the area, which usually goes away within a week.

TMS Is Generally Reimbursable

TMS therapies for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is reimbursed by most private provider insurers. Our staff is experts at navigating the required approval process, and we typically can obtain approvals within one week for appropriate patients.

For Patients Paying Out of Pocket, We Keep Costs as Low as Possible

A full nine-week course of TMS therapy at our San Diego location is approximately $7,000. As experts in the field, we have the experience to keep costs as low as possible, without compromising safety or effectiveness.

Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) and TMS

In the United States, the FDA-approved procedure for treating depression with TMS uses a protocol of repetitive, single-burst stimuli, called rTMS. This protocol, which was FDA-approved for the treatment of depression in 2008, is safe, effective and well-tolerated. However, new TMS protocols continue to emerge.

In late 2018 TBS, also known as “Express TMS,” was FDA-approved for the treatment of depression.

Like conventional rTMS, TBS uses magnetic energy to stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain and improve depressive symptoms. The difference lies in how the stimulation is delivered. The TBS protocol delivers stimuli in a unique pattern—three rapid bursts of pulses at 50 hz, repeated every 200 ms. Compared to the conventional rTMS, this protocol more continuously stimulates the brain. As a result, the treatment time is greatly reduced. Theta Burst Stimulation only takes four minutes, and research shows that it works equally well, if not better, than standard protocols that take upwards of 20 minutes.

TBS at Pacific Psych Centers

TBS is used either as a stand alone treatment, or in conjunction with other treatments such as ketamine therapy. When combined with ketamine therapy, the likelihood of response and remission is dramatically improved.

TBS and rTMS Share Several Benefits

  • Highly effective technology, FDA-approved treatment for major depressive disorder
  • Non-medication/non-invasive treatment
  • No medication side effects
  • Reimbursable help under most health insurance plans for those that qualify
  • Can be used as a standalone treatment, or in conjunction with other treatments for depression such as psychiatric medications, psychotherapy, and ketamine therapy.

To learn more about TBS at Pacific Psych Centers. schedule a consultation with Dr. Jake Hollingsworth at (858) 261-4622.

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