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Stories of success with Solace Counseling


Only the best. . Saved my life and allowed me to become apart of my family again. I can actually take care of my father who has Parkinson’s disease. Before, I was incapable of caring for myself much less another person. Thank you Dr. P and to all of your counselors like Denise and John. Y’all rock.

Kim R.

Solace is a great program. It is, in my opinion, the best treatment center out there, and for 3 main reasons. 1- If you don’t have any money Northstar will cover 95% of the total cost. You are only required to pay a $20.00 copay for your prescription. 2- If you are an opiate dependent addict (pain pills, morphine, and heroin) you have the option of doing Ambulatory Detox. That means outpatient detox. This is done throughout the course of 5 days. During those 5 days you are evaluated each day and administered medication according to your daily evaluation. In my case I was given a daily dose of suboxin and i continue to take it. Suboxin is a miracle of science. 3- The final reason I believe this to be one of the best programs out there is the fact that they have group sessions 5 days a week. I cant stress enough the importance of group therapy especially in early recovery. It helps me to know that other people are going through the same pain I am. If I would have never found solace I would without a doubt be dead and burried.

Joseph C.

I had a wonderful experience. Bobbi and Dr. Patel are the hearts and souls of the place. I’ve known them since the Oaklawn office, and both of them have always done everything in their power to help the people who truly want help. The “newer” office on Prudential feels more clinical, but Bobbi breathes life into the intake process, helping me in a troubled time. Dr. Patel is cool, very knowledgeable about addiction and the human mind.

Laura R.

Dr. Patel has been there for me since I first walked through his door. He always calls back if I need him and I feel so comfortable in his care. I have gone through a lot with multiple surgeries, loss of physical independence and being so down because of it all. I am very grateful to Dr. Patel.

Diane J.

Solace is the one place to go to find the right path to your life again and the only place to find yourself again!!!

Stephanie V.

This place was unheard of to me – I never knew it existed, and now it’s really helping me help myself. I’m so extremely grateful! And Dr. Patel is a real jokester!

Mindy D.

I want to thank all the staff at the Solace Center but in particular Dr. Chad Collom and Carla Weatherford.  Chad recommended that I do the treatment plan of TMS.  I started the six-week treatment plan with high trepidations.  My fear of undergoing this treatment stemmed from the fact that two of my family members had gone thru Electro Shock treatments in the late 1950s and 1960s.  Those treatments were torment for them and I was expecting the same.  But TMS is a new and very different experience.  Dr. Collom and Carla Weatherford were reassuring and helped me every step of the way.

The most difficult aspect to me was completing the six weeks of driving to the Center five days a week for six weeks.  It passed by quickly however with Carla’s encouragement. I was met with a smile from Carla every day.  That gave me the strength to keep on going knowing Carla was there to help, the daily smiles were a bonus.  Carla made the office comfortable to help me relax and by keeping the treatments consistent.I never missed an appointment and would arrive early each day.  Carla was very accommodating and accepted my early arrivals. I went from “I can’t do this!” to “I want to do it” to “I’ll try to do it” on to “I can do it” and “I will do it” to the most important last treatment of “YES, I DID IT!”

My days are brighter now and the dark cloud of depression has dissipated. You have two wonderful people at Solace in both Chad and Carla.  Thank goodness for their talent and recommending me for this full treatment plan. You have the greatest staff. I have also been able to eliminate and reduce many of my medications. Sincerely and with the highest of gratitude to both Dr. Collom and Carla Weatherford.


I went to Solace Counseling seeking treatment for depression and anxiety via TMS Therapy that has overwhelmed me since I was a teenager. Now in my 50’s, I’ve been on several different medications, in addition, to talk therapy for over 10 years with only limited relief; at times, none at all. I contacted another facility in Dallas that offered TMS treatment. I was told I needed to be evaluated by their psychiatrist who was not covered by my insurance. After less than 30 minutes and being interrupted 3 times by his cell phone, he gave me a different diagnosis than my own psychiatrist who I had been seeing for over 10 years and I was, therefore, not a candidate for TMS Therapy and therefore, my insurance would not pay for it. Suicide, once again, became a better answer for my defective brain. Not wanting to give up, my husband researched other avenues for treatment while I cried and silently felt angry at myself for being a burden. We later found out this was a scam to get more out-of-pocket money.

In his research, my husband found Solace Counseling. He begged me to meet with the TMS Treatment Coordinator, Carla Weatherford, at their Dallas location just to hear what she had to say. She explained how TMS Therapy could help me and answered our questions about how Solace was different from the other facility. There was never any pressure to sign up and we left with a book written by a lady who went through TMS Therapy before it was approved by insurance companies as well as other helpful information.

I found out that this was going to be much more affordable than I was originally told. In addition, my insurance would pay for a larger portion than what I had been told previously and that Solace would treat me based on my own psychiatrist’s recommendation. After meeting Dr. Patel, getting my psychiatrist’s approval of him, the facility, and TMS, and speaking with Carla, I was cautiously optimistic.

Carla was with me at each session, monitoring my progress and adjusting as needed. She patiently answered all my questions and made sure I was as comfortable as possible. Other than some slight discomfort at first, I never experienced any pain or anything that made me want to jump up out of the chair and run screaming for the door. I slowly began to feel better and one day I was surprised to see that everything looked brighter and more colorful outside. Still cautious, I thought it was just the same old me having a “good” day. But day by day it continued. When I did have a couple of overwhelming life experiences that caused me to once again melt in a puddle of tears, I became concerned that the treatment wasn’t working. I discussed this with Carla who then asked me a few questions and helped me realize that this was normal. “Normal” people experience sadness, frustration, exhaustion, and anger. The difference now for me was that the puddle of tears that threatened to suck me in for weeks or months was now just something that lasted for a day or two or, even better, an hour or two. I was now able to pull myself out of that emotional state and carry on like a “normal” person.

I have nothing but good to say about my experience at Solace with Carla, Dr. Patel, and TMS Therapy. Carla took care of all the insurance and financial issues, setting us up on a comfortable payment plan for our portion. Even the receptionists, Jennifer and Marina, made me feel welcome every day when I arrived; at times rushed because I didn’t want to get out of bed that day. They never made a negative comment about my disheveled appearance; instead surprising me with something positive and upbeat.

As a result of TMS Therapy I’ve been able to reduce some meds and hopefully, in time I’ll be able to reduce more. I’m sleeping better than ever, have more energy, and more of an ability to see others outside of myself. Before TMS I was consumed with how I was going to fake it through my day or my life so I didn’t continue to inconvenience or let down those who loved me. It was a struggle trying to cover up my mental health issues so others wouldn’t notice. I was in a constant downward spiral towards my goal of ending my life prematurely.

I highly recommend TMS Therapy at Solace Counseling for anyone whose life has been disrupted by ongoing major depression and high anxiety. These insidious and invisible mental disorders negatively impact on your work, relationships, focus, memory, and your desire to do anything other than sleep. More importantly, they can lead to thoughts of suicide or, as it was in my case, actually planning how to go about it.

I could say I’m happy to have my life back, but the reality is, TMS has given me a life I never had. And I’m grateful to my husband for not giving up and to Carla Weatherford at Solace Counseling for taking the time to talk with me. They both gave me the push I needed to keep trying.


However this turns out, from the bottom of our hearts thank you, you may have given her a new life.


Dr. Patel,

I want to first thank you for working with me just over 3 years ago.  Depression is something I have struggled with for 25 years.  Like so many, I depended on my Primary Doctor to manage my mental health care.  This was an almost deadly decision.  Is was like me going to a Dentist to treat a heart condition.

As you began treating me, you let me know that a day would come that medication would no longer work for me.  That day came in March of this year.  The solution was TMS-Transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Carla Weatherford could not have made me more comfortable.  She is truly a gem.  By the 10th session, I was snapping my fingers and singing in my car. Carla could tell I was getting better by “the way you walk down the hall”.  It truly was and continues to be a blessing.  TMS is a proven solution in the treatment of severe depression.  My hope is that more and more insurance companies will cover the cost.

My depression is in remission!  We are slowly taking me off 3 different medications!  I have energy.  I am more focused.  I sleep like a baby. I smile for no reason at all.  It’s a new world for me and I am so thankful for you and Carla.

If you should ever have a patient that has questions and wants to ask someone that did 36 sessions of TMS, please give them my contact information.

Debra C.

Debra C.