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TMS Process at Oaktree

We pride ourselves in supporting you throughout your journey, before, during and after TMS treatment.

TMS at Oaktree is Unique

We offer face-to-face assessments rather than Skype calls as some other clinics do. We believe it is important to connect with you personally and to carry out assessments with attention and care. We not only screen for your suitability for TMS, but also as an assessment for your overall mental health, current medication and any other treatments we feel may benefit you.

Unlike other clinics neurosciences experts administer the treatment rather than junior staff with little or no clinical knowledge and skill.

Apart from the physical treatment we offer Mindfulness and relaxation during your period at Oaktree for TMS sessions.

Pre-Assessment Counselling

This counselling and advice is the first step in your journey and is provided over the phone by one of our experienced and specially TMS trained clinicians.

Here you can ask any questions you may have about the treatment, its effectiveness, method of delivery, monitoring and follow up processes. We are able to send written information about TMS in the post to you too, if you wish.

Mental Health Assessment

Following pre-assessment counselling, we conduct a comprehensive psychiatric assessment appointment face to face with an experienced psychiatrist. They will providing advice tailored to your needs, these could include TMS, medication, psychological or socialogical treatments.

We may request your GP to carry out physical investigations but not necessarily as TMS does not interfere with physical processes, health and medication.

TMS treatment

During treatment you can sit back and relax whilst a ‘paddle’ is placed lightly on your scalp, over the area of the brain that requires treatment. You’ll feel a light tapping and a loud clicking noise during treatment but it is pain-free and you can talk or listen to music during the treatment if you like. Many patients use the time to just relax and rest.

Each session of TMS lasts about half an hour and you will need 20-25 sessions in total, usually one a day, 5 days a week for 3-6 weeks. The number of sessions may vary as per the mental health condition and associated issues.

Review & Monitoring During Treatment

Your psychiatrist will review you every week during the treatment with rTMS to monitor progress and improvement in your condition including a conversation for up to half an hour and completing validated mental health questionnaires so they can assess if treatment is working.

Our assistant psychologist will also offer Mindfulness and relaxation therapy during the TMS sessions.

Follow Up After Treatment

Unlike some other clinics, we continue to provide care for you after the rTMS treatment ends and you recover from depression and anxiety, if required and appropriate.

Many of our patients have continued to see the doctor they met for TMS for review of their medication and overall care or benefited further from psychological (talking) therapies available at Oaktree for various psychological issues.