VCPS provides Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in partnership with Neurocentrix at our East Melbourne practice.

TMS is a non-invasive treatment delivered by an external magnetic coil placed above the client’s head to stimulate targeted brain areas. Treatment is tailored based on the client’s presenting issues. High-frequency stimulation is used to increase activation in underutilised brain regions, while low-frequency stimulation can decrease activation in overly active regions.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has noted that TMS is an effective option for clients who are experiencing treatment resistant depression. In addition, researchers have reported promising results using TMS for a range of different applications, including cluster headaches, OCD and ADHD.

The TMS Treatment Team at VCPS

Prof. David Barton and Dr. Peter Farnbach, highly experienced psychiatrists in the field of neurostimulation, oversee the treatment service at VCPS.

Maddison Huddle, Provisional Psychologist, administers the onsite treatments at East Melbourne.

Find out more below.

Prof. David Barton - Consultant Psychiatrist

Hi, my name is Prof. David Barton. I specialise in general adult and geriatric psychiatry with a particular interest in neuropsychiatry acquired brain injury, and the association between depression and cardiovascular disease. I have held a number of senior roles at South Eastern Hospital, Ballarat Health Services, and the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Peter Farnbach - Consultant Psychiatrist

Hi, my name is Dr. Peter Farnbach. I specialise in adult psychiatry with a particular interest in mood and anxiety disorders, neurofeedback, biofeedback, and behaviour therapy. I have worked on over 30 clinical trials that have focused predominantly on neuroscience. I completed my psychiatric training at the Austin Hospital and Ballarat Base Hospital before entering into private practice.

Maddison Huddle - Provisional Psychologist

Hi, my name is Maddison Huddle, I am a Provisional Psychologist experienced in TMS administration and I provide the onsite treatments at VCPS East Melbourne. I am a driven and adaptable psychologist and I am passionate about advocating for better mental health and clinical research. I have a strong interest in women’s mental health and infant development. I see clients experiencing acute mental health disorders with multiple and complex presentations, working with them across their lifespan. My therapeutic approach is client centered and I am committed to building strong therapeutic relationships. I utilise a number of therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance, and commitment therapy as well as offering cognitive and achievement assessments and report writing.

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