What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

TMS is an effective, safe and non-invasive neuro stimulation procedure. Magnetic pulses are used to activate targeted areas of your brain where decreased activity causes depression, anxiety and PTSD.

What to expect

TMS sessions are less than 30 minutes in duration and are usually carried out five times per week for 6 weeks. This can be altered to suit your needs.

During treatment

Here is what to expect during your sessions:

  • You’ll be seated in our treatment chair, listening to music with the magnetic coil placed gently against your head
  • When the machine is on you will feel a light tapping on your head where the coil is located
  • Sessions last approximately 20 minutes, you will be awake and alert during the procedure

Post treatment & results

Because TMS is non-invasive and doesn’t require any anaesthesia or sedation you are able to return to your normal activities right away.

If TMS works for you, your symptoms of depression will improve and may go away completely. It is important to remember that results will vary from person to person.

Key points

TMS is an evidence-based effective treatment of depression.

Therapy sessions are conducted within one of our clinics.

TMS doesn’t require any anaesthesia or sedation, you can return to normal activities right away.

Treatments do not cause impairment of memory or effect your sleep.

Treatment sessions last approximately 20 minutes.

The role of TMS in depression treatment

Step 1

Lifestyle Measures

Lifestyle Modifications and Psychological therapy. E.g. exercise, diet modification & CBT.

Step 2


Trial of 2 antidepressants from different classes for 3 weeks minimum. E.g. Escitalopram and/or Mirtazapine.

Step 3

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Refer for TMS course.

Step 4

Augmentation Strategies

Mood stabiliser, antipsychotics & tricyclic antidepressant.

Step 5

Novel Agents

Inpatient treatment / Electroconvulsive therapy.

To learn more about TMS please get in contact with us