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Drug-free, safe &
long-lasting treatment for
Depression, Anxiety and Pain

No withdrawal symptoms or downtime

cortical tms logo med

Drug-free, safe
& long-lasting treatment
for Depression, Anxiety and Pain

No withdrawal symptoms or downtime

TMS can free patients from a lifetime of drug treatment and side effects.

If you are highly sensitive to antidepressants and want to experience drug-free treatments with no recovery time, contact Cortical TMS to learn more.

TMS was first developed in 1985 and became FDA approved for Depression in 2008. In November 2021, TMS was listed under Medicare for treatment resistant Depression.

TMS can free patients from a lifetime of drug treatment and side effects.

If you are highly sensitive to antidepressants and want to experience drug-free treatments with no recovery time, contact Cortical TMS to learn more.

TMS was first developed in 1985 and became FDA approved for Depression in 2008. In November 2021, TMS was listed under Medicare for treatment resistant Depression.

What is TMS?

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a non invasive and drug free treatment that targets specific areas in the brain using magnetic fields.

TMS is a proven treatment for depression (whether alone or co morbid with other psychiatric disorders such as PTSD, anxiety, OCD) and is covered by Medicare for treatment resistant depression and can also be used to treat pain.

Benefits of TMS

It has been proven in medical studies to be an effective treatment for depression, even treatment resistant depression (that is, depression that has not responded to other antidepressant medications).

    • Long lasting results.
    • Minimal side effects and is well tolerated.
    • Safe, non invasive, no downtime, so daily life can go on right away.

How it works

Mechanism of action:

By converting electrical energy into magnetic energy, TMS generates electrical current to the area below the positioned coil. Research has indicated the principal area of the brain controlling mood to be the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, where the coil is positioned directly over. The strength of stimulation varies between patients and is calculated on their individual motor threshold.

How is this achieved for patients?

  • A magnetic coil attached to the TMS machine is placed above the patient’s head, in a pre determined position (usually over the DLPFC), while the patient is seated in a comfortable chair.
  • Electromagnetic pulses are passed through the coil to the specified region of the brain. These are felt as a tapping sensation on the scalp. The ‘dose’ is pre determined in a mapping session that occurs prior to the start of treatment.
  • During treatment, the patient is awake and can relax by listening to music or watching TV.
  • Once the treatment is finished (approximately 20 mins), the patient can immediately resume normal activities. There is no downtime.

Who is it suitable for?

  • People who have not responded to previous antidepressants or have not tolerated the side effects of antidepressants.
  • People who have depression alongside other psychiatric issues such as OCD, PTSD, anxiety, pain conditions.
  • TMS has also been shown to be effective for these disorders on their own, and there is ongoing research into its use in treatment of other conditions.

Our Process

Get a referral

A referral can be provided by your GP or Psychiatrist. For more information click here.

Non Gap initial assessment

You will have an initial suitability assessment where we will ensure TMS is appropriate for you. We will individualise your TMS protocol based on your mental health history, current symptoms and goals or treatment.

Mapping Session

During this once-off session, your TMS Psychiatrist will determine the location f the treatment target. He/She will also determine the correct parameters for the treatment. The initial TMS mapping appointment is required to find your motor threshold and calculate the exact location of the treatment target. By stimulating the left motor cortex, we can cause a small contraction in your right thumb or index finger. This will give us a visual cue that your nerve has been activated. The motor threshold in known by finding out the level of stimulus required to cause a nerve cell to activate.

Treatment Session

During your TMS Treatment sessions, you will sit comfortably on a recliner chair and have a coil placed over the target site. Treatment last for approximately 20 minutes and is conducted 5 times a week for 7-8 weeks. During treatment you will be able to chat with our TMS nurses, listen to music or catch up on your favourite Netflix shows.

Mid/End TMS reviews

In addition to daily assessments by our TMS nurses, our senior team will review you during the middle of your treatment and near the end. This is to ensure the treatment is always heading in the right direction. We will also communicate with your GP or Psychiatrist to ensure they are kept informed of your progress.

About Us

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Dr Cathrin Kusuma

Dr Cathrin Kusuma is an experienced psychiatrist who is passionate about providing empathic, evidence based, personalised care. She has trained in general adult psychiatry and has a special interest in perinatal psychiatry.

Cathrin is excited to provide TMS for patients with treatment resistant depression or those who prefer a non medication treatment option that is effective, drug free and with very minimal side effects.

  • She completed specialist medical training with North Western Mental Health in Melbourne with advanced specialist training at the Werribee Mercy Mother Baby outpatient clinic, Royal Women’s Hospital and Albert Road Clinic Mood professorial Unit.

    Cathrin is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Sunshine Hospital, where she set up and leads the multidisciplinary Perinatal Mental Health Service. The team provide psychiatric assessments and treatment advice for women admitted to the Joan Kirner building at Sunshine Hospital, as well as the maternity outpatient clinics.

    Cathrin has also held an appointment at the Bendigo Parent Infant Unit, providing inpatient psychiatric care for new parents. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, a Masters degree in Psychiatry from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

About Us

dr cathrin circle

Dr Cathrin Kusuma

Dr Cathrin Kusuma is an experienced psychiatrist who is passionate about providing empathic, evidence based, personalised care. She has trained in general adult psychiatry and has a special interest in perinatal psychiatry.

Cathrin is excited to provide TMS for patients with treatment resistant depression or those who prefer a non medication treatment option that is effective, drug free and with very minimal side effects.

  • She completed specialist medical training with North Western Mental Health in Melbourne with advanced specialist training at the Werribee Mercy Mother Baby outpatient clinic, Royal Women’s Hospital and Albert Road Clinic Mood professorial Unit.

    Cathrin is a Consultant Psychiatrist at Sunshine Hospital, where she set up and leads the multidisciplinary Perinatal Mental Health Service. The team provide psychiatric assessments and treatment advice for women admitted to the Joan Kirner building at Sunshine Hospital, as well as the maternity outpatient clinics.

    Cathrin has also held an appointment at the Bendigo Parent Infant Unit, providing inpatient psychiatric care for new parents. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Monash University, a Masters degree in Psychiatry from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

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