TMS TREATMENT: WHAT TO EXPECT
A course of TMS treatments involves between 20 and 30 sessions, which take place over a period of three to six weeks. The actual number of sessions depends on the condition being treated and how you respond. Each treatment lasts 30 minutes, and some patients are able to have more than one session a day.
TMS treatment is suitable for most people over the age of 18.
To confirm that it’s right for you, we’ll start by asking you to complete a set of questionnaires to let us know exactly how you’re feeling.
You’ll then have a consultation with one of our clinicians – usually over a video call. They’ll talk to you about your responses to the questionnaires and answer any questions you have, before confirming your suitability for TMS treatment.
You can ask your GP or psychiatrist to refer you for TMS treatment or you can refer yourself.
Once we’ve established that TMS is right for you, your patient advisor will help you book your first course of treatment. We’ll then invite you to your nearest Smart TMS clinic, where you’ll meet your practitioner.
All our treatment centres are discreet and private, with a team of friendly, experienced staff who will talk you through the process and put you at ease.
At your first treatment session, your practitioner will take some measurements to establish the exact area of your brain that needs to be targeted with the magnetic pulses. These measurements are recorded on a TMS cap, which is kept safe for you to wear each time you come to the clinic for a session.
Your practitioner will get you comfortable in the chair and place the magnetic coil over your head. He or she will determine the power at which your treatment will be most effective, and will stay with you throughout the process.
While you listen to music, read or relax, the coil will send pulses to your brain. You’ll hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation each time this happens. It may feel a little strange at first, but your practitioner can always start on a low setting so you can gradually get used to it.
Once your TMS session is over, you can drive home and get on with your day.