Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain

TMS is a bulk-billed & drug-free option for those with Treatment Resistant Depression & Depression linked to Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Pain

Treatment for Depression, Anxiety and Pain


TMS is a bulk-billed & drug-free option for those with Treatment Resistant Depression & Depression linked to Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Pain

What is TMS?

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and is a form of neuromodulation that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is used to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. It is also used to improve cognitive performance, reduce pain, and treat neurological disorders.

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.

What does it feel like?

Felt on the scalp, the Left sided Depression protocol induces a tapping sensation that lasts for 4 seconds, followed by an 11 second gap. This is timing of one of our most popular treatment protocols. Treatment begins on a low setting. If the patient is comfortable, the TMS nurse will gradually increase the stimulation level. Some patients may find the treatment strange in the beginning but this sensation usually decreases within the first 2-4 sessions and can be alleviated with changes in coil position.

Who is it suitable for?

People who suffer from treatment resistant depression and have had unsuccessful attempts with antidepressant medication treatment, TMS may be a suitable option for these patients. As TMS doesn’t carry a risk of cognitive impairment or memory loss, this treatment is suitable for patients who are seeking an alternative to electric shock therapy. TMS may not be suitable if the patient has any metal implants in head/neck or a history of seizures.

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Our Team

Dr Stephen Proud

Dr. Stephen Proud is a General Adult psychiatrist with over 40 years experience in medicine. As well as practicing as a rural GP within Western Australia, he has also practiced in remote communities in both Africa and India. Dr. Proud founded both Abbotsford Hospital and the Blackwood River Clinic, and was the former medical director of those hospitals for over a decade.

TMS Nursing Team

Jess is a registered nurse with a special interest in neurostimulation and psychedelic medicine. She is an experienced practitioner and was keen to be on the forefront of TMS shortly after it became available in Australia

Karen, a registered nurse, is deeply passionate about the latest advancements in psychiatric treatments. It’s only natural that she was drawn to the innovative fields of TMS and Neuromodulation. Rachel has effectively leveraged her keen interest in the next generation of psychiatric treatments to enhance her proficiency in TMS nursing. Karen is primarily stationed at our Busselton clinic.

Our Process

Non Gap initial assessment

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

Mapping Session

During this once-off session, your TMS Psychiatrist will determine the location of the treatment target (eg. for Depression it is often the Dorsol-lateral Prefrontal Cortex). He 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 (Eg. the Dorsol-lateral Prefrontal Cortex for Depression). 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 is 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 the coil placed over the target site. Treatment lasts 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 that they are kept informed of your progress.

Referrals

In order to access the Medicare rebate for TMS , a referral will need to be sent from either a GP or a Psychiatrist.

To refer a patient, GPs or Psychiatrists are to please request a TMS suitability assessment via our TMS referral form or via a standard referral letter addressed to the “duty psychiatrist” Please send any referral to [email protected] or fax to 6266 3796.

If you have any questions or you would like to speak with our psychiatrists to discuss a referral, please call us on 6230 3908.

Bunbury TMS

Bunbury TMS is the first Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation service to offer treatment to the people of the South West. Located in the city centre, Bunbury TMS is conveniently located to help take the stress out of your mental health recovery.

Bunbury

Unit 15, 135-141 Victoria Street Bunbury WA 6230

Busselton TMS

Located in the centre of Busselton, Geographe Clinic is the largest psychiatric clinic in the South West. It is home to four psychiatrists and now the first TMS service in the region.

Busselton

190 Bussell Hwy, Busselton WA

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Lola L ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Big thumbs up to the team at Neuralia TMS in Bunbury! After sessions with them, I’ve felt a lightness I haven’t had in years. They’re super chill and really care – it’s like getting a mental ‘reset button’. Highly recommend!
George G ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hey folks, if you’re near Busselton and struggling with your mental health, check out Neuralia TMS. Their approach is a game-changer, and the staff are genuine angels. Walked in cloudy, walked out on sunshine, every time.
Molly L ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Just wanna give a shoutout to Neuralia TMS in Bunbury! Their Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is the real deal. It’s non-invasive, and I felt the positive vibes kick in pretty fast. They’ve got a fan for life!
Koby R ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ If you’re in the Busselton area and need a mental boost, don’t hesitate to visit Neuralia TMS. They’re not just professionals — they’re brain geniuses! My mind feels refreshed and reenergised, like I’ve hit the reset button on life. Truly a sanctuary for wellness!
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