TMS treatment for Phobia Related Disorder

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an innovative approach to treating Phobia Related Disorder .

Smart TMS offers an innovative approach to treating Phobia Related Disorder by utilising Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive technique targeting specific brain circuits associated with the condition.

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What are Phobia Related Disorders?

A phobia disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes an individual to experience intense and irrational fears of a specific objects, situations, or animals. Phobias are specifically different from normal, everyday fears/ anxieties as they are out of proportion with the actual danger posed by the feared object/situation. Phobia related disorders often interfere with an individual’s quality of life and daily functioning. People who suffer with phobias often go to great lengths to avoid encountering or even thinking about the source of their fear, which can limit their opportunities and cause them significant distress. Although Phobias can be about anything, some common examples of phobias include arachnophobia (fear of spiders), acrophobia (fear of heights), and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces).

What causes Phobia Related Disorders?

Like other anxiety related disorders, an exact cause for phobia related disorders are not fully established. However, it is most likely a combination of factors such as genetic factors, environmental factors, and cognitive factors. For instance, some people may develop phobias after having a traumatic or negative experience with the feared object or situation, such as being bitten by a dog or getting stuck in an elevator. This is known as classical conditioning, where a neutral stimulus becomes associated with a fearful response.

How can rTMS treat Phobia Disorders?

As rTMS has been found effective in treating other anxiety disorders, researches have looked into the effectiveness of rTMS to help with phobia related disorders. By targeting the brain regions that are overactive or underactive in phobia disorders, rTMS may help reduce the fear response and enhance the exposure therapy process. When combined with traditional cognitive behavioural therapy techniques, rTMS may reduce the anticipatory anxiety associated with phobias that prevents individuals from fully engaging in treatment. This theory is backed by recent research, with one, recent, study finding preliminary evidence that rTMS may be effective in treating phobias. However, the evidence so far is limited. More research is essential to fully understand the effectiveness of rTMS in treating phobia related disorders.

Is TMS Treatment Right For You?

Try our quick 2 minute questionnaire to see whether TMS treatment could help.

Assessment price

After completing your online questionnaires and confirming that TMS is right for you, you'll have a video chat with one of our expert clinicians. This session is an opportunity for you to discuss your condition in detail, ask any questions you may have, and receive personalised advice on how TMS treatment can benefit you.

The cost of this assessment is £350.

Depression & anxiety treatment prices

At Smart TMS, we recognise that a large percentage of our patients suffer from depression and anxiety alongside one another. For this reason, we treat these two conditions together within the same session.

TMS treatment for depression and anxiety is split into two courses. After 15 sessions, the results of the treatment are very apparent for most patients.

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Initial course
(15 sessions)
£3,750 £3,300
Second course
(15 sessions)
£3,750 £3,300
Total price
(Including assessment) 
£7,850 £6,950

Continuous Care

Dr Neal and his team understand the need to help our patients stay well beyond the end of their TMS treatment. Using research and our own experience, we have designed aftercare packages to provide ongoing care with a planned programme of regular top-up treatments.

Have you had TMS treatment for depression at another clinic? Smart TMS can offer you maintenance therapy, too!

What our Patients Say

I didn’t know that I had borderline personality until later in my life and didn’t think that I would ever change but my depression and low mood has gone and I can think about what I do before I do it too.

Mr N

My childhood trauma caused my BPD but I found talking therapies difficult and I felt an urge to spend lots of money to make me feel better. Although I still feel low sometimes it isn’t anywhere near as bad as before I had TMS and I get out of my low mood much quicker than before.

Miss C

I felt like BPD had a big stigma attached and I was worried about my colleagues finding out about my diagnosis. While I could only see situations in black and white before, I’m now more able to see all of the shades of grey in between and handle situations much more calmly.

Mr I