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A New Possibility in Treating Depression


Alpha Psychiatric Services NeuroStar TMS Therapy treatment room in Chesapeake, Virginia

Drug-free Depression Treatment That Lasts

If you're among the many dealing with depression, you've likely explored various medications and therapies in search of relief. Unfortunately, these approaches don't always yield satisfactory results for everyone and often come with notable side effects, contributing to the ongoing struggle. The constant cycle of trial and error can be draining.


Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy offers an alternative. TMS is a non-pharmacological treatment for major depression that utilizes focused magnetic pulses—similar to those in an MRI—to reawaken dormant synapses in the brain, restoring optimal brain function. Importantly, TMS is not a drug, electroconvulsive therapy, or surgery. It stands as a safe and effective treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), without the typical side effects associated with medications.



TMS has received clearance from the FDA, offering a treatment for depression with minimal side effects and proven effectiveness.


It can serve as a standalone treatment or complement your current medication regimen.

No Downtime

Zero systemic side effects after treatment - Get back to your day right away, including work or school.


Most major insurance providers cover TMS therapy, and we'll take care of the paperwork for you.

Discover the Transformative Experiences of Our Clients in Hampton Roads

Based in Chesapeake, Virginia, we take immense pride in delivering exceptional NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatments to our valued clients in the Hampton Roads area. Here's what some of them have to say about their journey with us:

Is NeuroStar® TMS Therapy Right For Me?

If you've been searching for a non-invasive and drug-free approach to managing depression, NeuroStar® TMS Therapy could be the solution you've been seeking. Consider the following factors to determine if NeuroStar® TMS Therapy is right for you:

Previous Treatment Challenges

Have traditional treatments, such as medications or therapy, not provided the relief you need?

Are you concerned about the side effects associated with conventional antidepressant medications?

Seeking a Proven Alternative

Are you looking for a treatment with a proven track record in addressing Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)?

Do you prefer an alternative that does not involve medication or invasive procedures?

Convenience and Accessibility

Is the idea of a non-invasive, in-office procedure appealing to you?

Are you located in or around the Hampton Roads area, making our Chesapeake location convenient for your regular sessions?

Commitment to Your Well-being

Are you ready to commit to a treatment plan that typically involves sessions five days a week for about 4-6 weeks?

If you answered 'yes' to these questions, NeuroStar® TMS Therapy may be the right choice for you. Consult with our experienced team to discuss your individual needs and determine if this innovative and FDA-cleared therapy aligns with your goals for mental health and well-being.

What to Expect During a
NeuroStar® TMS Therapy Session

Alpha Psychiatric Services NeuroStar TMS Therapy Patient recieving treatment in Chesapeake, Virginia


Before Treatment

During the initial phase, you will comfortably recline in a designated treatment chair. A small, gently curved magnetic coil will be carefully positioned on your head.

Alpha Psychiatric Services NeuroStar TMS Therapy Patient recieving treatment in Chesapeake, Virginia


During Treatment

NeuroStar facilitates focused magnetic stimulation precisely directed at targeted areas of the brain. As the procedure unfolds, you may notice a subtle clicking sound and experience a gentle tapping sensation on your head.


Our in-office sessions with NeuroStar TMS Therapy last 19-37 minutes and happen 5 days a week for about 4-6 weeks at our Chesapeake location.*

Alpha Psychiatric Services NeuroStar TMS Therapy treatment room in Chesapeake, Virginia


After Treatment

After your session, you can resume normal activities immediately! Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions as well.

Watch "A Day In The Life of Our TMS Treater"

NeuroStar Silver Provider Badge for Alpha Psychiatric Services in Chesapeake, Virginia

We’re Proud to Serve the Hampton Roads Area as a Silver Provider for NeuroStar® TMS Therapy

Our practice has achieved an advanced level in the NeuroStar Stellar Distinctions program, showcasing our commitment to using NeuroStar Treatment Sessions for patients facing depression. This recognition underscores our dedication to high-quality care, and we're proud to continue delivering the latest advancements in depression treatment to our valued patients.


Get To Know More About NeuroStar® TMS Therapy

NeuroStar leads the way in combating depression with an innovative, FDA-approved approach—Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Unlike traditional methods such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), our TMS device employs state-of-the-art magnet technology to target specific underactive areas of the brain associated with depression.

Tailored TMS Protocols for Your Unique Needs

Our dedicated TMS specialists create personalized treatment programs by leveraging various TMS protocols to address a spectrum of mental conditions. Your treatment plan is meticulously tailored to target your specific condition, ensuring a unique and effective approach to your well-being.

A Breakthrough for Non-Responsive Cases

For approximately one-third of individuals who find little to no relief from antidepressants, TMS therapy stands as an FDA-approved, non-drug alternative for treating depression. In a NeuroStar session, a magnet, comparable in strength to an MRI machine, stimulates nerve cells in the mood-controlling region of the brain. These magnetic pulses positively influence neurotransmitter levels, offering the potential for long-term remission.

Unmatched Success Rates with TMS

In the realm of depression treatment, TMS emerges as a superior option, especially when compared to traditional medications with limited success rates. Thousands of studies affirm TMS's efficacy, showcasing an impressive 82% response rate and a 62% remission rate.

Lasting Relief Beyond Medications

TMS therapy distinguishes itself by delivering enduring results. Unlike medication-dependent approaches that necessitate continuous use to prevent relapse and discontinuation syndrome, TMS offers a lasting solution. Break free from the cycle of dependency with NeuroStar's TMS—experience relief that endures. ​ Embark on your journey to lasting well-being with NeuroStar's TMS therapy. Let our cutting-edge technology and specialized care guide you toward a brighter, depression-free future.


Book Your Complimentary TMS Consultation

Are you ready to explore the transformative potential of NeuroStar TMS Therapy? Take the first step towards lasting relief by completing the form below to get in touch with our TMS specialists to schedule your complimentary consultation. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?
    Transcranial magnetic stimulation, often referred to as TMS is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when antidepressant medications haven’t been effective, have ceased working, or as an alternative to medication.
  • How does TMS work?
    TMS involves delivering magnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain.
  • How long is TMS treatment?
    A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes daily over 4-6 weeks.
  • Is TMS therapy covered by my insurance?
    A vast majority of commercial and Medicare plans have recognized the effectiveness of treating depression with TMS Therapy and now cover TMS as part of their plans.
  • How does NeuroStar TMS Therapy work for people with depression?
  • Is TMS Therapy a good alternative for patients who cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications?
    TMS does not circulate in the blood throughout the body, so it does not have side effects like 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
  • Is TMS Therapy like other alternative therapies that use magnets to treat some illnesses?
    No. TMS Therapy involves a unique method of using pulsed magnetic fields for a therapeutic benefit. The intensity of the magnetic field is similar to that of an MRI. These techniques differ radically from the popular use of low intensity, static magnetic fields. Those products deliver weak and undirected static fields that are not capable of activating brain cells. The activation and stimulation of brain cells is a key part of why TMS is so effective.
  • Can I receive TMS Therapy if I don't live in Chesapeake?
    Absolutely! While our treatment center is based in Chesapeake, we proudly extend our TMS therapy services to individuals across the Hampton Roads region. Whether you reside in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, or Suffolk, our transformative TMS therapy is accessible to you. Your location within the Hampton Roads community is not a barrier to receiving quality mental health care. If you're ready to explore the benefits of TMS therapy, we welcome you to contact us. Your well-being matters, no matter where you call home.
  • Are there any news resources about NeuroStar TMS Therapy?
    Yes! Click here to view the News results for NeuroStar TMS Therapy on Google.
  • TMS Clinical Trials & Academic Studies *
    *The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy System is indicated for the treatment of depressive episodes and for decreasing anxiety symptoms for those who may exhibit comorbid anxiety symptoms in adult patients suffering from Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and who failed to achieve satisfactory improvement from previous antidepressant medication treatment in the current episode. The NeuroStar Advanced Therapy system is intended to be used as an adjunct for the treatment of adult patients suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is only available by prescription. A doctor can help decide if NeuroStar Advanced Therapy is right for you. Patients’ results may vary. Visit for full safety and prescribing information. ​ 1. Carpenter LL, et al. (2012). Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Major Depression: A Multisite, Naturalistic, Observational Study of Acute Treatment Outcomes in Clinical Practice. Depres- sion and Anxiety, 29(7):587-596. 2. George MS, et al. (2010). Daily Left Prefrontal Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy for Major Depressive Disorder: A Sham-Controlled Randomized Trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 67(5):507-516. 3. Dunner DL, et al. (2014). A Multisite, Naturalistic, Observational Study of Transcranial Mag- netic Stimulation (TMS) for Patients with Pharmacoresistant Major Depressive Disorder: Durability of Benefit Over a 1-Year Follow-Up Period. J Clin Psychiatry. 75(12):1394-1401. pubmed/25271871 4. O’Reardon JP, et al. (2007). Efficacy and Safety of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the Acute Treatment of Major Depression: A Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Biol Psychiatry, 62(11):1208-1216.
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