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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a pain-free, non-invasive and effective treatment for depression, anxiety, addictions and chronic pain.

It is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It’s a relatively new treatment to the market, but it has decades of research behind it.

TMS therapy uses a series of repetitive, brief and highly focused magnetic pulses to stimulate brain cells to increase brain activity.

Your treatments are carried out in the comfort of our clinic by an experienced clinician, who will be with you for every step of your journey.

FAQs about TMS

What exactly happens during a TMS treatment?

Patients relax in the therapy chair and a ‘paddle’ is placed over the area of their brain which is to be treated. It will rest lightly on their scalp throughout treatment. The patient will feel a tapping sensation on their head as the magnetic pulses are delivered. It is pain-free and our patients are free to talk, listen to music or just sit back and relax as the treatment is delivered over 30 minutes. Afterwards, they are free to go about their normal day, including driving or resuming work.

Learn more about the full treatment process here.

How often will I need TMS?

This depends on each individual case and your psychiatrist will be able to advise you on that following your assessment. However TMS is delivered for 30 minutes every working day over 20-25 sessions (around 3-6 weeks) in most cases. We can also administer a more powerful treatment using the theta burst technology, which can reduce the duration of treatment to 3- 6 minutes with no change in the effectiveness of the treatment.

If you are travelling outside the areas we can help you arrange local accommodation with easy access to the clinic for the duration of your treatment. We have deals with local hotels at 40% less than prices you’ll see online so please ask us if you need accommodation.

Are there any side effects?

Although pain-free, some people find the ‘tapping’ sensation or noise of the magnetic pulses near their head uncomfortable .

Others have reported a light-headed feeling, a mild localised headache, a tingling in the face, jaw or scalp and temporary hearing problems from the noise of the machine. Although extremely rare, there is a very small risk of seizures.

Why hasn’t my GP heard of TMS?

TMS was accredited by NICE for the treatment of depression in 2015 so it is still a relatively new treatment in the market, although research into TMS has been ongoing since the 1980s.

Awareness of TMS is growing but there is still a lack of knowledge amongst some GPs about this pioneering new treatment so please feel free to share the recommendations by NICE with your practitioner. We would welcome the chance to talk to any GP or referrer who would like to learn more about TMS to open the opportunity for treatment to more patients.

How much does it cost?

We don’t believe in selling packages or ‘bundles’ of TMS sessions. This is because every individual is different and some respond faster than others to the treatment. Your mental health is important and we want to ensure you get care that is tailored exactly to your needs to ensure the best chances of recovery, which is why we offer a well-rounded care programme and not just TMS sessions.

Our fees start at £200 per session. This is up to 50% less than some other clinics without compromising on quality. We accept all major credit cards.

We are committed to making this highly effective treatment available to as many people as possible. We would therefore consider discounts for certain personal circumstances. Please talk to us to see how we can help you.

Is TMS covered under health insurance?

Coverage for the treatment often depends on a person’s individual health needs and policy. We are able to offer an initial assessment and help you build a case for it with your insurance company if we feel TMS would be beneficial.

Testimonials of Oaktree Patients

Ms. Caron M, Birmingham

“I first heard of TMS treatment at The Oaktree Clinic through the internet and when I did more research, I felt it would work better for me than medication.

As a recipient of TMS at Oaktree, I have been on a course of treatment for 4 weeks. The experience was relaxing & took a little over 30 minutes a day, which was easy to add into my daily routine.

From the beginning of receiving TMS I noticed a calmer and better mood and much improved sleep. I have had uninterrupted sleep for several nights since starting TMS treatment, which has not been the case for over 30 years.

The treatment has fulfilled my expectations and I do not have to go on antidepressant treatment as my mood has improved significantly.”

Mrs Sarah L, Worcester

“I’ve had TMS treatment twice now – first in London, and this time at Oaktree Clinic, for severe depression. Given the cost, I felt resistant to taking the treatment, but desperately needed some hope. When TMS worked in London it was easy to forget how bad things were. 

Over the years, I was prescribed a number of drugs for depression without making a dent/change in how I felt. I’ve also tried talking therapies such as CBT, psychology, NLP and hypnosis with limited but not long-lasting effect. TMS seems to be the only thing that made a real difference – and for a much longer time than anything else I’ve tried.

The change with TMS was dramatic. Despite losing 4 hours a day in travel and treatment, within 2 weeks I bounced back from stress/bad news like I hadn’t since the last round of TMS. By the end of the 4 weeks of treatment, I had energy again, was not overwhelmed by stress/fear/hopelessness, able to tackle difficult things previously avoided because I could not cope.

It isn’t so much that treatment gave me something to live for – more that I no longer feel that desperate need to have something bigger to live for because the present moment itself is less anguished or full of a pain.”

Mr JK, Coventry

“I was experiencing constant tension and anxiety.

After having carried out some research on the internet I had some expectation of what would happen terms of how the treatment would be administered.  It was as expected.

The Dr in charge and staff were very knowledgeable about the treatment and were also very understanding and helpful all the way through the treatment period. All questions that I had were answered.

As treatment sessions progressed I could feel a definite change in the way I felt. The tension and anxiety began to fall throughout.  After treatment had completed this has continued and I feel free-er and lighter.

I have had other treatments including medication and talk therapy. rTMS  has been far more effective in helping me in terms of speed and effectiveness. No pills and no side effects.

The procedure itself is very simple and straight forward. It basically involves you sitting in a dentist like chair and having device placed on an area of my head and switched on. There is clicking sound and I could feel a tapping on my head. Although it was a little jarring to begin with I got used to it very quickly and after about the 5th treatment it was far less noticeable.

Since having rTMS I have become more calmer in myself. I feel that I have less worries and my body is more relaxed as a result.”

These are testimonials of Oaktree Patients, the results may vary.

Advantages of TMS

What are the advantages of TMS?

  • Highly effective, recommended by national treatment guidelines (NICE) for depression but also effective in chronic pain, Migraine, Tinnitus, anxiety disorders etc.
  • Long lasting effects
  • You may be able to stop anti-depressant medication, PREVENTING common medication side effects like nausea, stomach cramps, drowsiness/ insomnia, weight gain etc.
  • No withdrawal or discontinuation symptoms
  • Non- invasive and painless so no anaesthesia is required
  • Ability to resume your daily life right after the treatment every day
  • Fast 3-6 week outpatient treatment
  • Side effects uncommon and mild


What are the possible side effects and complications of TMS?

Some people may describe the sensation of the magnetic pulse as uncomfortable with a knocking or tapping feeling or noise near the head during treatment.

Light headed feeling

Temporary hearing problems due to magnetic pulse noise

Mild localised headache

Tingling in the face, jaw, or scalp

Though rare, TMS has a very small risk of seizures.

What are the costs of TMS at The Oaktree Clinic?

In our attempt to make rTMS accessible to everyone the cost of high quality TMS treatment at Oaktree is up to 50% less than some London clinics and one of the lowest in the UK with no compromise on quality. Unlike other clinics we look after your overall mental health and recommend a well-rounded approach rather than TMS only.

We offer packages with our local hotel accommodation at 40% less than you would find on even travel price comparison websites.

We accept all major credit cards.

FOR DETAILS contact 0121 3140330 or complete the form below


We are committed to making this highly effective treatment available to as many people suffering from depression and its effects, as possible. We would therefore consider personal circumstances to offer a discount to those who are unable to pay the entire amount as stated above.


Coverage for the treatment often depends on a person’s individual health needs and policy. We are able to offer an initial assessment and if TMS is deemed as a beneficial treatment option we could help you build a case for it with your insurance company.

The Oaktree Clinic, Birmingham


The Oaktree Clinic, Birmingham

52 Frederick Road
Birmingham, B15 1HN
Tel: 0121 314 0330
Fax: 0121 535 7093

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Opening Hours

Monday 9am-5.30pm

Tuesday 9am-5.30pm

Wednesday 9am-8pm

Thursday 9am-6pm

Friday 9am-4pm

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday Closed