Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Lancaster, PA

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

If you’ve heard of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TNS) and want to know more, board-certified adult and child psychiatrist Sarah Gatumu, MD, is an outstanding resource. This advanced technology is available at New Direction Functional Psychiatry in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and creates impressive improvements for many patients. Book your visit online or by phone today to learn more. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Q & A

How does transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) work?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) relies on magnetic fields to create changes in the nerve cells within your brain. It’s an innovative treatment for depression, especially for people who’ve tried other options without success. 

The process uses an electromagnetic coil to deliver carefully controlled magnetic pulses. Your brain reacts to that magnetic energy in ways that alleviate the symptoms of depression. 

It’s believed that treatments stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain that enables mood control. It might activate parts of your brain that experience decreased activity when you’re suffering from depression. 

When is the right time to try transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

Coming in for a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is a great starting point, and gives your practitioner a deeper understanding of your overall mental health and the ways that depression affects your life. 

Talk therapy offers a wonderful way to share your experience with depression and explore the factors that might cause or contribute to the condition. If this is the first time you’ve noticed the symptoms of depression, you should begin with these one-on-one interactions with a trained therapist. 


Medications might also play a role in treating your depression. Everyone reacts a bit differently to drug therapy, but pharmacogenomic testing helps practitioners predict which options might be the best fit for you. 

TMS is best suited for individuals who have tried other treatment options but haven’t achieved substantial improvements in depression symptoms. 

What should I expect during transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) sessions?

New Direction Functional Psychiatry relies on the BrainsWay® Deep TMS platform for TMS treatment. This technology leads the industry, offering a safe method of administering TMS therapy. 

When you arrive, you’ll relax on the treatment chair while your practitioner readies the device. Your practitioner positions the treatment coil against your head near your hairline. There is no need for any form of anesthesia or preparation. 

Expect to hear a series of clicks and feel a mild tapping sensation during the pulses. Your practitioner may reposition the coil to various positions during your initial session. 

The entire process takes less than 30 minutes and may  cause some discomfort in your scalp when the system pulses. Though multiple sessions are needed for optimal results, there is no need for recovery time. 

When you’re ready to learn more, book a visit online or by phone to get started.