Hi, Jim Wallace here. How can I help you?

I’ve practiced old fashioned psychiatry with a modern twist in Augusta, Georgia, since 1985, getting to know my patients very well. An excellent, therapeutic doctor-patient relationship is the foundation of all psychiatric treatments.

To help my patients as much as possible, I’ve used both talk therapy and medications, and I’ll continue to do so. My approach to the practice of medicine is 100% patient-centered. It’s all about finding out what works best for each individual.


Everybody is unique!

For many people medications are not the best answer. That’s why I’m excited to have introduced to Augusta a high tech, highly effective treatment modality called rTMS, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. A non-drug psychiatric treatment, TMS was approved by the FDA because it’s effective and safe, but patients love it because it’s easy on their bodies, and often works much more rapidly than medicines.

I will continue to provide a wide range of psychiatric services to my patients. That includes what I think is the best of new treatments for brain diseases such as depression – TMS – an effective treatment without any of the systemic side effects which are so common with medications. I also order newly available high tech lab testing to determine which medicines are most likely to work for my patients, and to help minimize medication side effects.

Having both magnetic stimulation therapy and high tech lab testing available in my office increases my ability to help my patients become free of the ravages which are produced by psychiatric brain diseases, and I’m glad to be able to offer these services to Augusta.


It’s mandatory that psychiatry push the limits as we adopt new brain treatment technologies, but we must not abandon the minds or the souls of our patients as we do so. There is no substitute for a carefully constructed trusting relationship. Hippocrates had it right.


Finding the right treatment means finding what’s exactly right – effective, safe, and as free of side effects as possible – for each individual person. Some patients need only talk therapy. A few primarily need the right medications. Many need both. Some need TMS. There is no universally effective psychiatric treatment.

In seeking to help treatment resistant patients, I prescribe ketamine and low dose naltrexone (LDN) when my evaluation shows these medications are indicated.

I don’t take hopeless cases, but I hardly ever run across anyone I can’t help if they truly want to be helped, and will follow my advice. Many of my patients suffer from very complex problems, and have not been able to find help elsewhere.

I love practicing psychiatry, and am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful patients. I hope to be able to continue to practice my version of old fashioned psychiatry for many more years.

You’ll find more information about depression and other psychiatric illnesses, brain chemicals, stumbling blocks to happiness, psychiatric treatments, and all sorts of things here, and also when you visit my other professional website, TMS Augusta.

Your comments are appreciated, but reviewed very infrequently. The only good way of getting in touch with me is by telephone.

I wish I could offer help and advice to everyone who posts a comment and asks for my assistance, but I can’t do so. I need to actually evaluate each individual, and each situation. Doing so requires an appointment and a doctor-patient relationship.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. Carletta says

    My daughter was the victim of a violent crime 22 years ago. She was diagnosed with PTSD. She managed to handle it for 20 years before she had a psychotic break. She has been hospitalized twice in three years. Her diagnoses was changed to schizophrenia on the last hospitalization. She takes the following meds which are not helping:
    Benztropine Mesylate l mg twice daily
    Cyclobenzaprine 10 mg three times daily
    Divalproex Sodium 500 mg at Bedtime
    Fluphenazine HCL 5mg three times a day
    Metoprolol Tartrate 50 mg twice a day
    Rispertdone Microspheres 50 mg intramuscular every two weeks
    Trazodone 150 Mg orally every night at bed time.

    This seems like way too much medication She can barely get out of bed and she still hears the voices. She has taken these meds for two months with no improvement. We live in the suburbs of the Atlanta Area. As she is disabled I can find no psychiatrist who will accept her insurance. I feel she is being slowly killed with all these meds. The Psychiatrist refilling these drugs from the hospital has never even met her. Is there any hope of getting her off some of these drugs?

    • says

      I’m so sorry to hear about the plight of your daughter. Like you, I wish I could wave a magic wand and fix all her problems.

      As I think about this mess I realize there are many questions I would need to ask before I could begin to approach in a helpful, specific way the quagmire you and your daughter are in. I’m sure it is a nightmare for you to see your precious daughter in such a condition, and feel so unable to help her.

      Is there hope that she can get well? Is there hope that she can be off these medications? These are questions I can’t answer because I don’t know enough about her or her condition to do more than guess.

      I so much want to offer you hope here, and to encourage you to get your own needs met so you can be there for your daughter. Have you perhaps considered the various public mental health centers, and the resources at Emory, as well as the private practice psychiatrists in the Atlanta area? I hear you saying that your daughter needs someone to look at her with fresh eyes. The approach to her, and her treatment can always improve, especially when it seems like something isn’t working.

      If you and I were talking this situation over in person I would want to emphasize how difficult it can be to evaluate the complexities in the psychiatric diseases. I’d want you to understand that sometimes our knowledge, understanding, and resources limit what we can do to help. I’d want to make sure you were yourself taken care of so you could continue to love your daughter as she struggles. I’d tell you not to give up. This is very difficult. It may feel actually almost impossible. The right treatment may be right around the corner, and finding it will seem like a miracle. Now doesn’t seem like the time to give up.

      Bless you for being a caring, involved, concerned mother.

  2. Marissa says

    Hello Jim,

    I struggle with (what I believe to be) severe insomnia and depression. It is clear you are experienced with depression, but I am interested in your experience with treating insomnia and your personal approach to it.

    What is the out-of-pocket cost per session (without insurance) and how far out is the average appointment scheduled?

    Thank you.

    • says


      Good questions.

      I’m sorry to hear depression and insomnia are problems for you. They are a real pain, aren’t they?

      My approach to insomnia is to first try to figure out what is causing it, and then to try various approaches to relieving it. Insomnia is often a symptom of something else (like depression). There are a great many approaches to relieving insomnia such as treating its underlying cause, removing lifestyle issues which contribute to insomnia, etc. There’s no easy or universal answer to questions such as this.

      Every patient is unique.

      Please, if you need help, give my office a call. My office manager will be glad to discuss appointments and all that.

      • Marissa says

        Thanks for the reply. After posting to your website, I called your office many times (more than 7 over the course of a week) and left two or three voicemails and never received any response. I was disappointed as you seem like a good doctor.

        Is this typical for you? Hopefully I do not come off rude, but it has felt like an uphill battle to even find a good doctor, and when I do, I can’t get a reply.

        • says


          I am so sorry, and embarrassed that this has happened.

          I will immediately look into and track down whatever the problem might have been. Our policy is to return all phone calls. Occasionally we can’t understand the phone number left on the answering machine, but that does not sound like what happened here.

          Thanks for letting me know of this problem. It will be corrected.

  3. kim c says

    Please I am in great need of help, I was hoping to come in tomorrow or Friday to make sure my doctor has me on the right meds and that I’m going to ok , I live in constant fear, please help! I will be calling in the morning to get an appt asap. thx

    • says


      I do not know my schedule for the rest of the week, but I will tell my staff to make every effort to find an appointment for you as soon as possible. I look forward to meeting with you, and hope I can be of service to you.

      Getting the medications right is a lot more involved than it might appear. You might enjoy this article which touches on some of the reasons.

  4. Bill S. says

    My daughter, age 49, needs treatment for severe depression. I would be interested in speaking with you about getting help for her. Left message on voicemail. Please call. Thank you. Bill S

    • says

      I’ve sent you an email, and asked my staff to get in touch with you, and see what we can do to help your daughter. For some reason I just got this message. I apologize for not getting back to you right away.

  5. B. P. says

    Dr. Wallace,

    I have heard many good things about your practice, but unfortunately you do not accept my insurance provider (Aetna). Can you recommend any other psychiatrists who accept this insurance?

    Thank you for your time.

    • says

      Several messages left on my website seem to have disappeared until today, and yours is one of them. I’m sorry for not getting back with you right away. However, I do not know which doctors accept as payment the various insurances. I trust that by now you’ve called around and found someone, and that you’ve gotten the help you were seeking.

      Thanks for letting me know you’ve heard good things about my practice. It’s always nice to hear that sort of positive feedback.

  6. Warren M. says

    I am very anxious to have an appointment with Dr. Wallace. I have been desperately desperately seeking a Dr. who focuses on relationships.

    • says

      Give my office a call. Janice will schedule you for an appointment. I think there’s one available within the next week.

      Just to be clear – I try to focus on what’s important. This may be relationships, but it could be something else.

  7. Patricia B says

    I went to Dr. Wallace as a complete and utter mess. I had been under another psychiatrist that made everything a lot WORSE. Dr. Wallace has put in a lot of time over the last 21 years and thanks to him I was able to keep my job and even retire from it! If you need help or even think you might, give the best a try.

    • admin says

      Pat, it’s always been my honor and pleasure to know you, and to try to be of service to you. Your words mean a lot, and I very much appreciate them. Thank you so much.

  8. Celeste says

    I appreciate how you and your staff give assistance on many different levels of treatment and general help for a variety of needs.

    • admin says

      Thank you so much. I will let my staff know that you appreciate them. It’s a joy to have such wonderful patients, and our pleasure to be able to help you.

  9. billy s says

    I get along with Dr. Wallace and I enjoy my time with him. We talk about everything and anything. We talk about the medical issues that bring me in to see him. He believes in doing everything that can be done to help a mental illness and I truly appreciate that. I do not feel left out or just one more patient who clocks in and clocks out. He’s not like that at all. He gives you his total undivided attention and often suggests improvements you can make in your personal life to deal with your illness that you might not have thought about. He gets a perfect score from me. He is very devoted to his patients and very professional and open-minded.

  10. Amanda S says

    Dr. Wallace has helped me in numerous ways. When I first saw him, I was very ill and struggling greatly. With his help and his dedication to my success, I have been able to achieve health again. I continue to work with him, and I am grateful that he is so dedicated to his patients. You won’t go wrong in choosing Dr. Wallace. If you are searching for a good psychiatrist, it would benefit you to check him out!

    • admin says

      Thank you for visiting my site, and for your comments. Being a doctor means so much more to me because I have such wonderful patients.

  11. Beth D says

    I have been a patient of Dr. Wallace’s for quite some time and I must say as a medical professional myself that his practice is unique and very impressive in that he is one of the few who practices with psychotherapy as well as appropriate meds if needed. Dr. Wallace truly cares about his patients and is extremely knowledgeable in his field of practice. He has had much influence in my life and has helped me achieve a quality of life that I thought was impossible. He has never given up on me and has my best interest at heart. He truly is a Godsend!! I recommend his practice to anyone who wants a physician who really cares and at the same time has the vast knowledge in his field to offer guidance and hope! Thank you Dr. Wallace for giving me my life back and truly caring about my welfare! In addition his secretary Janice is a jewel to deal with. She also has had my best interest at heart. To anyone who is looking for a physician in his field who is unique and really cares I strongly recommend Dr. Wallace as a road to success and happiness in your life as well as HOPE! I have a life back, Beth D.

    • admin says

      I know that Janice will appreciate your comments, and I will share them with her. It is our honor to be able to help. I will never give up on you.

  12. Anastasia M says

    I am looking for a psychiatrist in the Augusta area. I recently moved back from Oklahoma and am in need of a doctor. Do you have any openings for new patients?

    • admin says

      Sorry for missing you comment until now. Welcome back to Augusta. Yes, I have openings in my practice for new patients.

  13. Michael C says

    I am contacting you in hopes of relieving my wife’s relentless paranoia.She and I went to Serenity in October, 2011. She was given an injection of Invega. It was miracle seven days later she was cured, we finally had peace and trust. We stayed on this course for year and a half. Then weight gain caused her frustration and minor depression, so Dr.Messulam started prescribing Abilify, and citropelam, and now my wife walks in constant fear. Please consult with her as soon as it is possible. She is a beautiful person, and I will find her an exceptional Dr.

    • admin says

      I hope she’s doing a lot better now. If there’s anything I can do, please call for an appointment.

      I’m sorry to have missed your message until now.

  14. Miss B. says

    After many years of seeing you, this is the first time I’ve seen your website. Not too bad.

    I appreciated your discussion re the dearth of reputable psychiatrists in private practice in Augusta. I thought that a town with a medical school with a (what was once a very good) department of psychiatry would have a decent selection of psychiatrists. Nope. Maybe I got spoiled by having previously lived in an area with more psychiatrists per square inch than any other area in the United States. I hope I never have to be hospitalized, but I am concerned that there is no local inpatient service except at MCG and East Georgia Regional Hospital (or whatever they’re now calling that place on Mike Padgett Highway). Guess I’ll be making an out-of-town trip if I ever need to be hospitalized. Has any person or group ever put pressure on University, Trinity, or Doctors to find out why they don’t have a psych unit?

    Thanks for having this website available. You’re a decent person and a good doctor. In answer to the age-old question, “Yes, I would recommend you to a family member or a close friend.”

    • admin says

      It’s amazing that we don’t have the sort of inpatient facilities we should have, isn’t it.

      Yes, there have been attempts to change things. I’m not sure exactly why they have failed, but my guess is the institutions understand the business aspects of psychiatric inpatient treatment are not to their advantage, or something like that.

      Thanks for visiting my site, and for your comments.

  15. Lydia says

    I am blessed to have found Dr. W. to talk to the past 3 years. He is easy to talk to, caring, understanding, very personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him as a psychiatrist. If you want someone like this who doesn’t fit the stereotype of a psychiatrist – stoic faced, blah personality, writing constantly on a notepad and not saying much except “uhuh, what else? then you won’t go wrong choosing him.

    I don’t think anyone would go wrong choosing him.

    • admin says

      It’s me that’s blessed to be able to help you. I consider it an honor, and a privilege.

      Thanks so much for saying something so nice about me, Ms Lydia.

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