Los AnGELES THERAPY INSTITUTE

TMS Therapy

At Los Angeles Therapy Institute, we are excited to present Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a pioneering and gentle therapy option for those facing depression and various mental health challenges. Leveraging magnetic fields, TMS therapy activates neurons in the brain that play key roles in mood control and depressive states.

This forward-thinking solution is especially advantageous for those who have yet to achieve desired outcomes with conventional treatments, offering renewed hope and a fresh avenue towards healing.

What is TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive treatment method that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain, specifically targeting areas implicated in mood regulation and depression. By delivering repetitive magnetic pulses through a coil placed on the scalp, TMS induces small electrical currents, stimulating brain regions underactive in depression.

The science behind TMS rests on the principle that targeted stimulation can improve neural activity in areas of the brain associated with mood control, thereby alleviating depressive symptoms. Clinical trials and research have affirmed TMS’s effectiveness, showing significant improvement in patients who have not responded to traditional treatment modalities. This evidence-backed approach offers a promising alternative for enhancing mental health without the need for medication or invasive procedures.

Benefits of TMS

At Los Angeles Therapy Institute, we are excited to present Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as a pioneering and gentle therapy option for those facing depression and various mental health challenges. Leveraging magnetic fields, TMS therapy activates neurons in the brain that play key roles in mood control and depressive states.

This forward-thinking solution is especially advantageous for those who have yet to achieve desired outcomes with conventional treatments, offering renewed hope and a fresh avenue towards healing.

Non-Invasive Nature

Unlike surgical interventions, TMS does not require anesthesia or incisions, allowing patients to resume daily activities immediately after each session.

Minimal to No Systemic Side Effects

TMS does not involve medication, thereby eliminating the risk of systemic side effects such as weight gain, nausea, or drowsiness that are commonly associated with antidepressants.

Targeted Treatment

TMS specifically targets areas of the brain involved in mood regulation, providing focused treatment without affecting other brain regions.

High Effectiveness

Particularly beneficial for individuals who have not found relief through medications or other forms of therapy, TMS has shown to significantly reduce symptoms of depression.

Short Treatment Duration

A typical course of TMS therapy spans 4-6 weeks, with sessions lasting around 30-60 minutes each.

By prioritizing patient well-being and leveraging cutting-edge technology, TMS treatment at Los Angeles Therapy Institute emerges as a compelling option for those seeking to overcome mental health challenges with minimal side effects and sustained results.

Brain Health

Does it hurt?

During a TMS session at Los Angeles Therapy Institute, patients can expect a comfortable and pain-free experience. The treatment involves sitting in a relaxed position while a small, magnetic coil is placed against the head.

While you may feel a light tapping or clicking sensation on the scalp as the magnetic pulses are administered, this is generally well-tolerated. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and can immediately return to their normal activities following each session.

Does it work?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has proven to be a highly effective treatment for individuals with depression, particularly for those who have not responded to traditional therapies. Clinical studies and patient testimonials consistently demonstrate significant improvement in symptoms, with many experiencing substantial relief. At Los Angeles Therapy Institute, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact TMS can have on our clients’ lives, offering a powerful testament to its effectiveness as a viable mental health treatment option.

How much does it cost?

At Los Angeles Therapy Institute, we prioritize making Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) accessible and affordable. Understanding the financial aspect of TMS treatment is crucial, so here’s a breakdown:

Insurance Coverage: Previously a high-cost treatment, TMS has become more affordable thanks to coverage by major insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Shield of California (Magellan), Anthem Blue Cross, and Medicare. This significant shift makes TMS treatment accessible to those in need.

Cost with Insurance

If you're using insurance, the cost per session typically ranges from $10-$70 based on your plan. The full treatment usually consists of 36 sessions plus one brain mapping session. Remember, deductibles and copays may apply, so it's important to consult your insurance policy for details.

Insurance Requirements

Note that coverage specifics vary. Some insurers might require trying multiple psychiatric medications before approving TMS, while others are more flexible.

Out-of-Pocket Costs

For clients without insurance coverage, Los Angeles Therapy Institute offers competitively priced TMS programs, making us one of the most affordable options in the state. Costs are particularly advantageous when sessions are purchased in bulk or paid for in advance.

To fully understand your financial options and plan your treatment effectively, we encourage a direct conversation with our team. We’re here to help you find the best way to access this life-changing treatment.

Insurance Coverage

At Los Angeles Therapy Institute, we understand that navigating insurance coverage for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy can be complex. Here’s a concise overview to guide you through the process:

Broad Insurance Acceptance: Most health insurance companies provide coverage for TMS when it’s deemed medically necessary, and specific criteria are met. It’s essential, however, for patients to check their insurer’s policy for any limitations or requirements.

Coverage Criteria: Insurance providers typically require:

  • A diagnosis of a qualifying condition, such as depression or insomnia.
  • Documented attempts at treating the condition with medication without significant long-term success.
  • A history of treatment or counseling from licensed therapists.
  • No family history of seizures or seizure-related disorders.

Steps to Secure Coverage:

  1. Initial Contact: A patient advocate from our team will reach out to help you fill out a new patient form.
  2. Benefits Investigation (BI): Our billing staff conducts a thorough investigation to determine your coverage under the current plan.
  3. Insurance Determination: Your insurer will assess your benefits based on the specifics of your plan at the time of claim submission.
  4. Pre-treatment Assessment: Before beginning treatment, we’ll inform you about your anticipated patient liability and insurance benefits. This estimate does not guarantee benefits but helps in planning your care.
  5. Appointment Scheduling: Once your claim is approved, we’ll schedule your first TMS session.

We’re here to assist every step of the way, making the process as smooth as possible so you can focus on your treatment and recovery.

Steps Before Starting Treatment

Medical Evaluation

Ensure all recent medical records, especially those related to your mental health history, are updated and shared with us.

Medication Review

List all medications you're currently taking, including over-the-counter supplements.

Insurance Check

Complete any necessary insurance paperwork and confirm coverage details with our billing team.

How to Prepare

Mentally

Reflect on your treatment goals and try to maintain a positive outlook.

Physically

Wear comfortable clothes, avoid heavy makeup or hair products near the treatment area, and have a light meal or snack beforehand.

By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for your first TMS session, setting the stage for a smooth and comfortable treatment experience.

What to Bring

A list of current medications
Insurance information and ID
A comfortable head covering if desired, although not necessary

A healthier choice for a healthier you.

TMS Treatment for Adolescents

In an important advancement for mental health, NeuroStar Advanced Therapy has received FDA clearance as a first-line add-on treatment for adolescents aged 15-21 suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD). This groundbreaking approval marks NeuroStar as the first and only transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy specifically cleared for use in this younger age group.

The decision by the FDA is supported by extensive real-world data from NeuroStar’s proprietary TrakStar® platform, which showcased not only the safety of TMS therapy in adolescents but also its effectiveness. Analysis of the data revealed that an impressive 78% of adolescents treated with NeuroStar TMS experienced clinically meaningful improvements in their depression symptoms.

This development is particularly significant in light of the rising prevalence of depression among adolescents and young adults, a trend that has accelerated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional treatment options for this age group have been limited, making this new clearance a beacon of hope for both young patients and their families seeking alternative and effective treatment modalities.

NeuroStar TMS therapy offers a non-drug, noninvasive option that can be used alongside antidepressant medications to enhance treatment outcomes. With over 6.1 million treatments delivered to date, NeuroStar stands as a leader in TMS therapy for depression, backed by the largest clinical data set in the field.

At Los Angeles Therapy Institute, we are proud to offer NeuroStar TMS therapy as part of our comprehensive approach to treating adolescent depression. Our team is dedicated to providing safe, effective, and innovative treatments to help our younger patients achieve better mental health outcomes.

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