Wellness Clinic, Naperville TMS

                           Psychiatry and Counseling for you and those you love.

                       Located conveniently in Naperville Illinois near I-88.

               Confidential, tailored practice for those looking for a non corporate experience.

Treat Depression without medication.

How it works and what to expect

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Finally a safe, non-medication option for treatment of your depression. Often effective after only 6 weeks of treatment. No side effects (unlike ECT or Medication), Safely based upon the proven theory of neuromodulation and neuroplasticity. 

1 in 2  patients improve significantly 

1 in 3  were free of symptoms

Consider TMS for Major Depression, Dysthymia, Post Partum Depression, Depression during Pregnancy, Situational Depression, Depression related to Dementia or cognitive decline, Depression previously self medicated with substances/Dual Diagnosis, Depression related to PTSD and Trauma, Complicated Grief Reaction and Depression related to Chronic Pain.

Dr Benton is excited to offer transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a safe, customized, non-medication treatment for depression at the Wellness Clinic. 

Dr Benton is happy to be your NeuroStar TMS consultant and  provider while you continue to work with your current psychiatrist and treatment team. If you do not currently have a psychiatrist Dr Benton would be more then happy to consult with you regarding TMS and guide you in your future treatment options. 

TMS is a non-invasive treatment that, unlike vagus nerve stimulation or deep brain stimulation, does not require surgery or implantation of electrodes. And, unlike electroconvulsive therapy, does not induce seizures, occasional memory loss that could be non reversible or require complete sedation with anesthesia in a hospital.

TMS is appropriate for any person with depression that has not responded to at least one antidepressant trial at an adequate dose for an adequate length of time. TMS is also available for those who cannot tolerate medication or choose not to take medication for depression. TMS can be used in combination with medication to provide a more robust treatment response, offer the possibility of lower medication doses or decreased number of medications necessary to achieve relief and, if appropriate, allow discontinuation of medication.

TMS is non systemic: it does NOT involve medication circulating through the bloodstream.

TMS is non-invasive: it does NOT involve surgery.

TMS therapy was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008.

TMS therapy has clinically proven durability. Many maintain symptom relief for over 12 months. Ask Dr Benton about her experience with durability. 

TMS is being explored as treatment for other psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, OCD, PTSD, addictions, autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Depression during pregnancy.  Exciting clinical research is also currently underway evaluating TMS treatment for neurologic disorders including, but not limited to, Parkinson's disease, Stroke, post concussive syndrome, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, headaches, migranes and chronic pain such as fibromyalgia or neurogenic pain syndromes.


How it works
During transcranial magnetic stimulation, magnetic pulses create painless electrical currents in your brain. These currents stimulate nerve cells in the region of your brain involved in mood control and depression. It's thought that stimulating the brain changes how the brain works, leading to improved mood. Waking up nerve cells increases oxygen and glucose available to an area of the brain that has been "quiet" for a long time. The process of neuromodulation occurs when neighboring nerve cells get recruited to help "wake up" the brain and improve efficiently, speed and resiliency. Neuromodulation and Neuroplasticity help us challenge unhealthy thought and behavior patterns. Thus improving all areas of our lives. It is much more difficult, for some impossible, to challenge thoughts and behaviors that are life long patterns without neuromodulation.

Common side effects
Transcranial magnetic stimulation may cause minor short-term side effects. These side effects are generally mild and typically improve after the first week or two of treatment. In clinical studies, less then 5% of patients discontinued TMS due to side effects, far lower then medication or ECT. Side effects can include:

  •  Headache, usually mild and transitory
  •  Scalp discomfort at the site of stimulation
  •  Tingling, spasms or twitching of facial muscles that can be minimized with experienced technicians and treatment teams.
  •  Lightheadedness
  •  Discomfort from noise during treatment, earplugs available at every treatment. 

Uncommon side effects
Serious side effects are rare. They can include seizures estimated at 1 in 30,000 treatments. 

Preparing for TMS
Before having the procedure, you may need a medical examination to make sure it's safe and a good option for you. You may be asked a number of questions about your depression. Tell your doctor or health provider if:

  • You're pregnant , TMS is localized to the head, non-systemic and of a relatively short course. This is something you should discuss with your physician.
  • You have any metal or implanted medical devices 
  • You're taking any medications.  

Generally, sessions are carried out daily, five times a week for four to six weeks.

Your first treatment
Generally, TMS sessions are carried out daily, five times a week for 4-6 weeks. With TMS treatment, a electromagnetic coil is placed against your scalp near your forehead. Before treatment can begin, your doctor will need to identify the best place to put the magnets on your head and will need to find the best dose of magnetic energy for your treatment.   

What to expect
If transcranial magnetic stimulation works for you, your depression symptoms may improve or go away completely. Symptom relief may require a few weeks of treatment.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be less likely to work if:

  • Your mental illness causes detachment from reality (psychosis)
  • Your depression has lasted for four or more years
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has not worked to improve depression symptoms

Some people need brief periodic treatments 3-6 months after treatment to maintain mood stability.


Dr Benton is achieving a 71% significant improvement rate and a 30% remission rate from major depression.

Barbara Benton MD

Longest TMS Provider for the Western Suburbs of Chicago.

Founding member of International Society of TMS Providers

Stimulation of deep brain limbic system During and after TMS treatment.