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TMS Services of Vancouver - Dr. Elia Gonzalez

TMS Therapy Psychiatrist in Vancouver
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Today’s most commonly used oral antidepressants are thought to treat depression by increasing levels of neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine) in areas of the brain that affect mood.

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TMS is a non invasive, non-systemic treatment option for treatment-resistant depression. Click on our TMS patient information to find out more about the procedure, it’s benefits and patient testimonials. This treatment modality is currently being used for treatment-resistant depression, anxiety...

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Can TMS help me with depression?

Answer: Pacific Phoenix Psychiatry does offer TMS therapy for those suffering from depression.

Aside from prescription drugs, transcranial magnetic stimulation may also be an option to substantially improve mood in those with treatment-resistant depression. Tran...

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Can TMS help me with depression?

Answer: Here at Pacific Phoenix Psychiatry, our esteemed medical professionals offer TMS therapy treatments for the treatment of depressive and bipolar disorders.
TMS Therapy is a non-invasive procedure that has been efficacious in clinical research trials for th...

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TMS Treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy®
TMS for depression and OCD is a non-invasive treatment which can stimulate the brain region responsible for symptoms and generate significant improvement. TMS delivers electrical stimulation to the brain.

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What is major depression?
Major depressive disorder is a condition which lasts two or more weeks and interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoyed activities that previously brought pleasure. This condition affects approximately 16 million American adults, or about 6.7 p...

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I am a Vet with Depression will TMS help Me?

Answer: Pacific Phoenix Psychiatry specializes in the treatment of clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mood disorders. Our treatment includes electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

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I am a Vet with Depression will TMS help Me?

Depression is a serious condition that affects people of all ages, from all walks of life and totally unrelated to their job. It can be caused by any number of factors including genetics, lackadaisical lifestyle habits or even neurological pro...

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Treatment for Depression & Anxiety
Depression makes you feel like you are walking alone, unable to enjoy time with loved ones and at times feeling disconnected from others as it’s quite difficult even for yourself to explain or understand why you feel so empty inside.

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4 days ago
Dr. G is amazing and has cultivated the most incredible team. In all my years of therapy, I've never felt more welcomed than I do in her office. Dr. G and her staff have treated me with ultimate compassion, care and professionalism.
- Dana W
a month ago
Dr. G is absolutely wonderful and knowledgeable in her practice. Everybody in her office is welcoming and Always listens to your concerns. They allow input to medication or treatment changes. I truly would recommend her or what her office offers to anybody needing mental health services. She has been one of the only people to help me get my medications managed properly so I can feel healthier and happier every day. Also Nick, Sarah and Britney are wonderful to help you out when she is unavailable or to get you scheduled as soon as possible.
- stacia w
2 weeks ago
Dr Elia is amazing. She is smart, kind, and determined to do whatever she can to help. I've been going to her for almost 4 years and she has always been there when needed. The whole clinic is full of kind and helpful people who are genuinely caring and willing to help in whatever way they can. Having Dr Elia on my team of healthcare professionals has provided me with a significant amount of the care and support I have needed to become healthier in mind, body, and spirit. I really don't know how to fully express my gratitude for everyone there, especially Dr Elia. She has been the best psychiatrist I've gone to and I have never regretted that choice. For my mental health journey has been difficult, as is unfortunately common, but Dr Elia has made it so much easier. She cares, she has inumerable ideas in how to help, and she is consistent. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Kaley H

TMS Services of Vancouver

Welcome to TMS Services of Vancouver
We provide patients in Vancouver and the surrounding areas the latest in depression treatments. We are pleased to be able to offer NeuroStar® TMS Therapy to our patients. Depression makes you feel like you are walking alone, unable to enjoy time with loved ones and at times feeling disconnected from others as it’s quite difficult even for yourself to explain or understand why you feel so empty inside, alone, misunderstood. Many patients  take the step of trying medications to help improve their  mood symptoms, but meet a dead end as they don’t experience  significant improvement in their symptoms or many times end up with significant side effects to medications which makes patients feel like they have to live with sadness without options moving forward. Life should not be about settling on a suboptimal level of functioning or accepting that they need to live with persistent sadness the rest of their lives. We now have the opportunity to explore another option in the treatment of depression, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (known as “ TMS”). If you are interested in coming out of the darkness and finally having the opportunity to enjoy life , time with your loved ones again and looking forward to a brighter future, then TMS should be a great choice for you.

TMS Therapy is the Right Choice

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, similar to what is used in an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine. While the patient is awake and alert, NeuroStar TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depression.

1. Non InvasiveNon invasive and non systemic. The only side effect is the possible minor irritation of the scalp.

2. 19-37 MinutesEach treatments typically lasts between 19-37 minutes. The variation depends on your diagnosis.

3. Awake and AlertYou will be fully awake and alert. You can read or watch TV and return to work after your treatment with no restrictions.

4. 30-36 TreatmentsA typical treatment course consists of 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period.

Depression symptoms are traditionally treated with psychotherapy and antidepressant medications, and these treatments are considered the first-line treatments. Specifically in the case of antidepressants, these medications are thought to increase the levels of under-performing neurotransmitters in the brain. While these changes have a positive effect for many, medications do not work for all and even when medication does work, there can still be some serious side effects to consider.

Antidepressant medications are chemicals that are typically taken by mouth. These chemicals circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body, often resulting in unwanted side effects such as weight gain, sexual problems, upset stomach, sleepiness, and dry mouth. Even after all this, it can take days or weeks for a medication to circulate through the body and reveal whether it is effective for a patient.

More than 4 million patients do not receive adequate benefit from antidepressants and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. For these patients, alternative treatments for depression are available. These therapies have proven to work in some people that do not receive benefit from antidepressants and/or cannot tolerate the side effects caused by them. These treatments include: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS).

Recent research into Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has created a new alternative treatment for depression. It is believed that by focusing electromagnetic pulses at specific regions of the brain, TMS activates and raises the levels of neurotransmitters in areas shown to be under-performing in people suffering from depression. TMS is a very promising treatment for depression and seeks to be a viable therapy for those who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medications.

If you are experiencing four or more of these and feeling a depressed mood for more than a 2-week period, you may want to seek medical help.
  • Significant weight loss (when not dieting) or weight gain (a change of more than five percent of body weight in a month)
  • Significant increase or decrease in appetite
  • Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive and inappropriate guilt nearly every day​
  • Diminished ability to think, concentrate, or make decisions
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy® uses a patented iron core coil technology to produce a highly focused MRI-strength pulsed magnetic field that, when directed to the left prefrontal cortex, balances the activity in the emotional centers of the brain which are underactive in patients with mood symptoms. The activity on areas of the brain affecting mood are normalized with the end result of patients feeling relief from their mood symptoms without the side effects of medications. NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is prescribed for 4-6 weeks, 5 days a week. Each treatment lasts between 19 and 37 minutes with patients awake and alert and able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment.

Many Benefits of TMS Therapy
  • FDA Cleared
  • Non-drug
  • Non-invasive
  • No side effects of drugs
  • Not ECT
  • Long Lasting Relief
  • Covered by Insurance
  • Proven to work

TMS Therapy is Safe and Effective
FDA Approved Treatment

Clinical trials have demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of NeuroStar® TMS Therapy in treating patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant medication. NeuroStar TMS Therapy was studied in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder, all of whom had not received satisfactory improvement with previous treatments.

TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. It is used to treat depression by stimulating the brain non-invasively using electromagnetic fields, similar to those produced by an MRI machine. During TMS Therapy, a magnetic field is administered in very short pulses to the part of the brain that research has demonstrated to be associated with depression. The typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.

The NeuroStar TMS Therapy system uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate the area of the brain that is thought to function abnormally in patients with depression. The magnetic field produces an electric current in the brain that stimulates the brain cells (neurons). This results in changes that are thought to be beneficial in the treatment of depression.

It usually takes time for healthcare insurers to establish coverage policies for newly approved treatments such as NeuroStar TMS. However, many commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans. See here for a full list of insurance plans that cover TMS.

NeuroStar® is non-systemic (does not circulate in the blood throughout the body), so it does not have side effects such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, nausea, dry mouth, sedation, etc. The most common side effects reported during clinical trials were headache and scalp discomfort – generally mild to moderate – occurring less frequently after the first week of treatment.

No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of the magnetic fields used in magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. These products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells.

TMS Therapy

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation used to treat major depression. We offer NeuroStar Advanced Therapy which is an innovative, FDA-cleared therapy that can help people who struggle with major depression even after taking antidepressant medication.

General and addiction psychiatry services.

If you are interested in beginning treatment, please contact me to set up a free 5-10 minute phone conversation to discuss what you are seeking.   If you get my voicemail, please leave a few dates/times when you are available to talk. If we decide during our phone conversation that my practice might be a good fit for you, we will schedule an in-person consultation. After the initial consultation, I’ll provide you with my recommendations for treatment which may include working with me, or working with another provider/treatment center that specializes in what you need in case I don’t. 

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Mental health services include:
  • evaluation
  • diagnosis
  • treatment planning
  • consultation / diagnostic clarification / second opinion
  • medication management / psychopharmacology
  • anxiety disorders: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia / social anxiety, panic disorder , obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • mood disorders: major depressive disorder / episodes, dysthymia, adjustment disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, mania, hypomania, treatment resistant depression (TRD)
  • psychotic disorders: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic depression, bipolar I disorder
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Specific treatments include:
  • propranolol / Inderal for performance anxiety
  • N-Acetylcysteine, for treatment of skin picking, hair pulling, impulse control disorders
  • complementary psychiatry (for example, vitamin D and/or L-methylfolate supplementation)

Substance abuse treatment services include:
  • substance use disorders related to benzodiazepines, opiates, alcohol use among others
  • substance-induced disorders: mood, depression, anxiety, psychosis
  • dual diagnosis; ie, overlap between general psychiatry and substance use disorders
  • maintenance treatment / relapse prevention
  • for opiate use disorder -buprenorphine (suboxone)
  • for alcohol use disorder with disulfiram, acamprosate , naltrexone
  • drug use monitoring / urine toxicology testing will be performed randomly upon request by the provider as a requirement to receive medication prescriptions to address substance use disorders such as buprenorphine. Failure to comply with random urine toxicology screens may result in termination of treatment.
Specific treatments include:
  • buprenorphine / suboxone for opiate use disorder
  • naloxone / narcan rescue kits for opiate use disorder
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