Located in Ventura, California, the TMS Center of Ventura (also known as Lee D. Mendiola MD and Associates) is a specialized behavioral health facility that offers outpatient-based treatment plans for clients struggling with behavioral health issues. The facility is headed by Lee Mendiola, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes, along with his colleagues, in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders. Though all programs are individualized and can include psychotherapy as well, the organization specializes in offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) services.
Treatment and Staff
Before beginning a program, all clients go through an initial intake and assessment process to help the staff determine their needs. While on-site detox services are not available, those in need can get referrals to nearby facilities as necessary.
For most clients who come to TMS Center of Ventura, the focus is primarily be on attending Neurostar TMS therapy sessions for severe depression or related anxiety disorders. These sessions are non-invasive procedures where participants sit in a chair and listen to soothing sounds while the psychiatrists use a powerful electromagnet which sends pulses of energy into the brain. The initial session typically takes two hours as it includes fitting and making sure everything is working properly. Once they are accustomed to the process, follow-up TMS sessions last about 40 minutes each for five days a week for between four to six weeks. Still, the specific length of each program may vary by client.
As all the staff consists of psychiatrists including Mendiola himself, dual diagnosis support and medication management services are available as well. While 12-step participation is not strictly required as part of the program, clients may attend meetings in addition to the treatment described above.
Though TMS is most often used for depression and anxiety, the staff at the facility may also use it to treat eating disorders, ADHD and substance abuse as applicable (sometimes along with medication or behavioral therapy). Though the programs described above are fairly intensive and structured, clients can work with staff members once the program ends to develop aftercare plans as well. Finally, Dr. Mendiola is an in-network care provider for many major insurance companies. As such, therapy may be partially or entirely covered by these programs.
Overall, the TMS Center of Ventura is a highly-specialized facility that takes a scientific approach to treating behavioral health issues. Rather than focus on psychotherapy, the organization uses TMS techniques along with medication management to cause major shifts in the lives of their clients. The treatment offered is FDA approved, non-invasive and outpatient based. While the cost of care may vary by insurance, TMS Center of Ventura remains a useful if slightly niche option for those in the area.
TMS Center of Ventura
1752 S Victoria Ave, Ste #250
Ventura, CA 93003
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