Is NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy Right For You?

If you agree with two or more of these statements, contact us to learn more about NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy:

Depression symptoms have interfered with my daily life.

I am not satisfied with the results I get from depression medication.

I have had, or have worried about, side effects from depression medications.

I have switched medications for depression due to side effects.

I am interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for depression.

Medication Isn't Always the Best Answer

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For people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), long-term remission becomes less likely with each prescription medication treatment attempt. As antidepressant medication increases, so can side effects and the potential for treatment failure.

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy can help people who struggle with MDD even after taking antidepressant medication. It helps activate the natural function of the brain’s neurotransmitters using a non-invasive magnetic field.

TMS Therapy at CIPS Makes Long Term Remission Possible

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy (TMS) for depression has the largest clinical data set of any TMS treatment. Clinical studies with over 900 people have shown that NeuroStar may help achieve remission for people living with depression.

For many people, depression symptoms significantly improved or went away after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy.

In an NIMH-funded, independent, randomized controlled trial, people treated with TMS using the NeuroStar Advanced Therapy, were four times more likely to achieve remission compared to patients receiving sham treatment (P = 0.0173; odds ratio = 4.05).

Neurostar Treatment Results

Real patients have found real success with NeuroStar treatment services at Central Iowa Psychological Services.

How Does It Work?

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

Before treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Patient reclines in treatment chair

  • You’ll recline comfortably in the treatment chair
  • A small, curved magnetic coil will be positioned lightly on your head

During treatment

TMS Therapy: Patient in chair receiving treatment

  • NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain
  • You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on your head

After treatment

NeuroStar Advanced Therapy: Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, each treatment takes between 19 and 37 minutes

  • You can resume normal activities immediately
  • Because there are no effects on alertness or memory, you can drive yourself to and from treatment sessions

In-office treatment with NeuroStar TMS Therapy takes 19-37 minutes and is administered 5 days a week for approximately 4-6 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Central Iowa Psychological Services is pleased to offer NeuroStar Advanced Therapy. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS therapy, is a safe process that many mental health specialists utilize when therapy and medication have not made progress with a patient.

This FDA-cleared therapy treats depression right at the source using magnetic pulses on the regions of your brain that regulate mood. NeuroStar Advanced TMS therapy is not a drug, so clients won’t experience the side effects they may have had with antidepressants. The most common side effect is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site. It is now considered a standard approach for patients with depression.

In clinical trials after the acute phase of treatment, 33% of patients achieved remission, and 62% had a positive response (50% reduction in symptoms).4

In our office, we see a positive response of 76.9% and a remission rate of 53.8%.

You get to relax in a comfortable reclining chair. You will feel a tapping sensation on the front part of the left side of your head. Everyone perceives the pulses differently, and your provider can make adjustments so you are more comfortable.

The most common side effect is discomfort at the treatment site. Some patients complain of a headache following treatments for the first few days. Your doctor may recommend taking an over-the-counter medicine before your treatment if you experience discomfort. Most patients find any discomfort lessens after the first 5 days of treatment.

Due to its innovative treatment and proven efficacy, NeuroStar TMS Therapy may be covered by your insurance health plan. Many insurance companies have established medical coverage policies for NeuroStar TMS Therapy. 

As coverage and payment can vary based upon the patient’s specific plan and guidelines, it is best to contact your insurance company to verify eligibility, benefits, and coverage for TMS Therapy. 

NeuroStar Bronze Stellar Distinction

Central Iowa Psychological Services is recognized as a Bronze Stellar Distinction Provider with over 400 NeuroStar treatments performed during the previous 12 months.


For people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), long-term remission becomes less likely with each prescription medication treatment attempt. As antidepressant medication increases, so can side effects and the potential for treatment failure. Our caring and supportive team at Central Iowa Psychological Services can help decide if TMS therapy is an option for you.

Additional Resources

NeuroStar TMS Therapy® Patient Guide for Treating Depression

TMS Therapy Patient Guide

Mark George Brain Scans

Brain Scan Fact Sheet

Schedule A Free TMS Consultation