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Mindful Health Solutions – Newport Beach

You Deserve to Feel Better

4100 Newport Place Drive, Suite #730, Newport Beach, California 92660
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General Information

We’re a team of clinicians and staff who have dedicated our lives to research, education, and treating those with mental health conditions. We’re especially passionate about helping those with Treatment-Resistant Depression and providing the most advanced therapies available, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray, both FDA-approved for advanced depression.

Mental health conditions can be profoundly painful and isolating, making it difficult to seek help. Our team provides a unique, patient-centered experience to help you find the appropriate treatment and relief from your symptoms. We’re grateful to be practicing psychiatry during this era in which there are so many new treatment possibilities and new hope for those with mental health conditions.

Antidepressants are invaluable aids in the treatment of clinical depression and other mood disorders, but they’re not for everyone. According to the World Journal of Psychiatry, antidepressants don’t improve symptoms in 10–15 percent of people with depression and only partially improve symptoms in 30–40 percent. Also, many people experience side effects from antidepressants that can impact their overall well-being. On the other hand, TMS therapy has shown significantly better results than antidepressants with a small risk of experiencing mild, short-term side effects. One in two patients treated with TMS had a 50% reduction in their symptoms and about 30% of patients experience full remission, which means that their symptoms go away completely. While most patients begin to show improvement after two to three weeks of TMS treatments, it can take up to six weeks to achieve the maximum benefits. It is important to understand that mental health treatment plans are not a one-size-fits-all situation. Treatment plans may take longer or require different treatment option combinations to work best for certain patients. It is important for patients to communicate clearly with their provider about how their treatment plan is working. Collaboration between patient and provider can greatly impact the results of a patient’s wellness journey.
TMS is a safe treatment. While it is a relatively new mental health treatment, it was FDA-approved for the treatment of depression in 2008. Since then, there have been millions of individual treatment sessions performed in the United States. Our clinicians who administer TMS treatments are professionally trained and put each patient’s comfort first. TMS treatments do not hurt during or after each session. There are very few side effects of TMS therapy. Most side effects are mild and short-lasting, and can include: headaches, sleepiness, lightheadedness, scalp discomfort, twitching or tingling of the facial muscles. Many patients find the headpiece to be uncomfortable on their scalp and mild headaches are common during the first few treatments, but these generally go away within the first two weeks as people get used to the sensation. Patients rarely drop out of TMS because of side effects. More serious side effects happen very rarely, but can consist of: seizures, hearing problems from the loud clicking noise that occurs. during treatment, mania, which is more likely to occur if an adolescent has bipolar disorder However, our expert providers will use their professional knowledge to help avoid serious side effects like the ones listed above. Generally, patients will feel just like their normal selves. They will be able to drive and go back to their regular activities. Some people report feeling a little tired or having a mild headache, but that usually goes away after the first week or two. Other people report more energy and better focus, as well as the ability to ignore obsessive, anxious thoughts after treatment.
TMS delivers localized electromagnetic pulses to the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of your brain that regulates mood. These electromagnetic pulses stimulate neurons, which release neurotransmitters and hormones such as serotonin and dopamine. Depression and other mental health conditions are linked to an imbalance of these neurotransmitters. TMS for depression works to restore that balance and can provide a more lasting impact on relieving depression symptoms than other treatments, such as antidepressants. During a TMS treatment, the patient sits in a comfortable chair while the TMS coil is properly set in place on their head. (While this may sound intimidating, it really isn’t!) After the headpiece is in place, electromagnetic pulses are sent to the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain responsible for mood. While the pulses are being sent to the brain, patients can watch TV, listen to music, or talk with our staff. If they want and are comfortable, they can also have a friend or family member in the room with them during their TMS treatment session. Each treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes. The full course of treatment of TMS for depression will generally be five days a week for four to six weeks. We know that coming in five days a week for weeks on end is a commitment, but the results could impact your mental well-being for a lifetime.
Anxiety is sometimes treated with TMS, along with migraines and OCD. There is evidence that TMS may help for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, certain types of chronic pain, smoking cessation, PTSD, and autism in adults. There is also evidence TMS may help in recovery from stroke. There is evidence that it may help in mild dementia and certain other neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis may benefit as well.
Yes! Most major insurances cover TMS, and we’ll work directly with your insurance provider on your behalf to help you get covered.
OPENING HOURS
monday   8AM-5:30PM
tuesday   8AM-5:30PM
wednesday   8AM-5:30PM
thursday   8AM-5:30PM
friday   8AM-5:30PM
Treatments
Medication Management
Talk Therapy
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Spravato (Esketamine)
Ketamine Infusion
Psychiatric Services
Conditions Treated
Bipolar Disorder
PTSD
Depression
Addiction
Major Depressive Disorder
Anxiety
OCD
Accepted Insurances
Magellan Health
Aetna
MHN
Optum
United
Blue Cross
Other
TriCare
VA-TriWest
Kaiser
Anthem
BlueCrossBlueShield
Cigna
Manufacturers Used
MagVenture

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Providers

Katherine Weeks

Katherine has always had a lifelong fascination with how the mind and the brain work as well as how individuals recover from loss, disappointment, stress, and anxiety. Having worked for many years in nursing and critical care, she found her most satisfying aspect of nursing was facilitating and supporting patients to navigate their health crisis. This led her to seek additional training as an outpatient mental health nurse. She eventually pursued her advanced practice nursing degree with a specialty as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP).

Her patient care is focused on collaboration and looking at a patient’s overall health holistically. As the patient is the expert on what they are experiencing and the impact it is having on their life, she sees her role as veraciously understanding that experience and offering the best, evidence-based treatment that respectfully incorporates their culture, values, strengths, and beliefs into the treatment plan. Her goal is to help patients’ brains work better and adopt changes to enhance their brain health, which leads to a better quality of life.

Due to the complexity of the brain and individual differences, Katherine recognizes there is no one treatment that works for every patient. For patients, when medication and talk therapy alone is not enough to lift them from depressive symptoms, Katherine is pleased to have another treatment option to consider that is evidence-based. She sees Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a treatment option that does not adversely affect memory, cognition or attention, and has few side effects.

Jonson Job Lin

Dr. Jonson Job Lin got into the mental field for several reasons. When Dr. Lin growing up, it was not the cultural norm to emphasize emotional resilience development. He witnessed the pros and cons of this dynamic, and when he heard about a national shortage of child psychiatrists when he was in pediatric residency training, it was a clear calling to him to shift his career path.

Now, Dr. Lin is a neuroscience-minded child & adult psychiatrist who is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He understands how negative childhood experiences affect people’s behavior and can lead to addictions. These addictions can be things like playing too many video games, using drugs, or gambling. Dr. Lin works to treat and support these behavioral addictions.

Dr. Lin also offers transformational leadership coaching for mild to moderate brain-based disorders, as well as medication and therapy for modern to severe brain-based disorders. He helps his patients work through unresolved grief to further improve their mental health.

Dr. Jonson Job Lin was drawn to Mindful Health Solutions because of our vision and culture of mindfulness, openness, collaboration, and innovation. He is also interested in doing further research and treating his patients with TMS, esketamine, and other innovative treatments that can improve brain functioning.

Sinat Aleje

Early in her career as a psychiatry nurse, she was profoundly impacted by the life-altering connections made with the patients she cared for. This connection motivated her to further her career goals and make a lasting contribution as an advanced practice nurse. As a PMHNP, she can serve her patients by preventing, identifying, and treating various mental health conditions through the use of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy measures.

She has always been fascinated by the mind and how it works. After reading and listening to different materials on the mind and human behavior, she concluded there is truly no health without mental health. Her treatment approach is to meet patients where they are mentally and emotionally and provide compassionate holistic care. She listens, assesses, plans, and implements care by collaborating with the patient. She considers each person a unique being and discusses the best and safest individualized plan of care that maximizes health potential.

She believes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine’s proven efficacy and safety makes them a distinguished alternative treatment plan. TMS is a non-invasive procedure and Esketamine nasal spray is extremely advantageous in alleviating symptoms associated with depression. She is thrilled to be able to offer access to TMS and Esketamine as excellent treatment options for a patient who has not benefited from psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. These two treatment options open additional channels for mental health wellness.

Benjamin Williamson

In his work with patients, Dr. Williamson takes a special interest in the mind-body connection and emphasizes the importance of physical health for mental well-being. He is vigilant in investigating potential co-morbid medical problems that could exacerbate psychiatric symptoms. For example, depression, poor concentration, anxiousness, poor sleep, fatigue, and low energy are non-specific symptoms that may be associated with a major depressive disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. He believes that it is of paramount importance to screen for co-morbid physical disease states that can worsen psychiatric symptoms.

Dr. Williamson sees his role as that of expert consultant. He wants his patients to be fully informed about their options for treatment and, especially, what risks are associated with available treatments. Each patient has unique values and goals for treatment, and he wants to put them in a position to make the best decision for them.

Having treated patients with severe and complicated forms of depression, he has seen the limitations of pharmacotherapies. Sometimes patients do not respond well, even to multiple medications at high doses. Medications, even when they do work, can cause troublesome side effects. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has proven to be effective for many people and is not associated with the side effects that sometimes limit the use of medications. Moreover, there is promising clinical research for the use of TMS in treating psychiatric conditions other than depression.

Palei Alfaro

Palei Alfaro is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is working at Mindful Health Solutions’ Sacramento clinic as a Psychotherapist. She has a passion for anxiety and depressive disorders.  She feels that these areas are what the typical person encounter more often in life, and she has developed an expansive “coping skills toolbox” to address many of the symptoms associated with the diagnosis.  She is also interested in behavioral areas like ADHD and mood disorders as well.

As a therapist, she describes her personality as positive, outgoing, and overall bubbly. She is genuinely hopeful and happy in working towards each of her patient’s personal successes. With that, she aims to establish safety, security and stability. Meaning she wants each patient to feel safe, and to understand that she provides a non-judgmental and unbiased space for them to build trust and establish a meaningful therapeutic relationship, and to know that they can depend on consistent and thorough treatment. 

Palei Alfaro comes to Mindful Health Solutions because of the cutting edge technology in mental/behavioral health field here. Seeing that, she immediately knew this was the place for her.  For years, she had been following and studying advances in treatment for mental health disorders and have always felt that there should be more access to these treatments.  Treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy and esketamine treatments allow people to have alternatives to traditional medications, and find something that works for them.