Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street

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  • Evidence-based outpatient support
  • Online and face-to-face appointments
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Located right in the heart of London’s prestigious medical district, Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street is one of the UK’s leading outpatient treatment centres. We provide fast access to expert mental health support for a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, stress, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), addictions and eating disorders. The centre also specialises in a cutting-edge depression treatment, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). This is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)-approved therapy that involves stimulating the brain with an electromagnetic current, to positively induce changes in a person's mood. We also offer high quality business solutions, which provide private mental health support in the workplace.

We have recently expanded our therapeutic offering at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street, offering increased capacity and additional services to our clients. As well as face-to-face sessions, you can also access evidence-based online therapy delivered by our Harley Street experts, meaning you can receive the support you need at a time and place that’s convenient for you. There's also the option to flex between face-to-face and remote therapy, depending on your preferences and availability. This means you’re not limited to either face-to-face therapy or online therapy; you can benefit from both.

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Outpatient therapy

At Harley Street, we pride ourselves on offering tailored outpatient treatment options within a compassionate and highly therapeutic environment. We also guarantee the utmost discretion and confidentiality for everyone we support.

Our flexible and supportive face-to-face outpatient treatment at Harley Street is available on weekdays between the hours of 8am and 8pm. This makes it an ideal way for busy people to access the mental health support they need, and plan their treatment around work and other commitments. We also offer online therapy during weekdays and evenings, providing further flexibility when it comes to getting the help you need.

Our clinical experts have extensive experience in delivering a range of therapy types, which include:

  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion focused therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness based therapy (MBT)
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

Autism assessments and diagnosis

We are able to offer fast access private autism assessments for adults and children who are showing signs of autism at our neighbouring hospitals, Priory Hospital Roehampton (adults) and Priory Hospital North London (adults and children).

Our assessments are conducted by our experts, who are specifically trained in the field of autism diagnosis and support. Once we finish the assessment, we'll give you a detailed report following NHS and NICE standards. We'll also talk about the next steps and any extra help you might need.

Whilst we usually ask for any important information from your GP, you can access our autism assessment without a formal GP referral.

Leading rTMS in London

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a safe, effective and non-invasive method for treating depression, which uses rapidly changing magnetic fields to stimulate areas of the brain that are involved in mood regulation. rTMS is typically used to treat people who haven’t responded to medication and therapy, or for people who are unable to take or tolerate medication. It can also be used as an entry-point for depression treatment. This novel approach is evidence-based and has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

rTMS treatment can be used to treat a whole range of mental health conditions, as well as other brain-related conditions.

At Priory, we use rTMS as a form of depression treatment. The usual first-line treatment for depression is talking therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), combined with antidepressant medication, most notably selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, for some people, these initial treatment methods are unsuccessful in alleviating their symptoms. In these cases, rTMS can be used as a means of helping people to overcome their depression and return to the healthy and fulfilling life they deserve.

We are proud to be able to offer rTMS treatment at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street, which is one of the few places in the country where this state-of-the-art treatment can be accessed.

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How does rTMS work?

During an rTMS session, an electromagnetic coil is placed on your head, just above your temple. Once this is in place, the electromagnet delivers electrical currents that stimulate the areas of your brain that are involved in mood control and depression. This increases the electrical activity in your brain and causes your brain cells to connect more effectively with each other, which has been found to reduce depression and improve mood.

What to expect during rTMS treatment

Initial consultation

You'll have an initial consultation with one of our depression treatment experts, to confirm your diagnosis of depression, review your medical history and get an understanding of any previous treatments you've received for depression. They'll also talk you through all the treatment options that are available to you at Priory.

Your first session

rTMS sessions are administered by a specialist rTMS technician. Before treatment begins, your specialist will need to determine the best place to put the electromagnetic coil on your head, as well as the most appropriate level of power for you.

During each session

rTMS takes place on an outpatient basis, and each session will last for about 40 minutes. During this time, you'll sit in a comfortable chair with the electromagnetic coil placed on your head and will hear clicking noises and feel tapping on your head. rTMS sessions are usually administered 4 or 5 days per week over a 4-week period.

Benefits of rTMS

This non-invasive treatment has many benefits. These include:

  • Highly effective based on clinical trials
  • Very few side effects (the most common side effects are local skin warming and a brief, mild headache)
  • Therapeutic benefits and effects can be seen after 1 week
  • Available on an outpatient basis, enabling flexibility, convenience and ease of access
  • You're able to resume normal daily activities (including driving) immediately after a treatment session
  • rTMS can work alongside medication and talking therapy if needed

It’s important to know that you don’t have to suffer with a mental health condition alone, expert treatment is available at Priory. If you’re really struggling with depression, and are finding that life is becoming very difficult, contact us today to discuss your next steps. Alternatively, contact your GP for advice.

Our specialists in rTMS

“rTMS is a novel and very promising treatment for depression and is safe and effective. It's particularly useful where other treatment approaches haven't worked and has fewer adverse effects than other pharmacological or physical treatments.” 

Dr Leon Rozewicz Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street

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Frequently asked questions

Here, you'll find some commonly asked questions about Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street.

What mental health conditions are treated?

Our team deliver clinically proven treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression (including treatment-resistant depression)
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Addictions, including alcohol addiction, drug addiction and a range of behavioural addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Anger management issues
  • Attachment and emotion regulation issues
  • ADHD, including specialist assessments for ADHD
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Drug-induced psychosis
  • Family and relationship issues
  • Gender dysphoria
  • Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • Panic attacks
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias
  • Postnatal depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Selective mutism
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep disorders
  • Somatic symptom disorder (SSD)
  • Tourette’s syndrome
  • Trichotillomania

We also provide specialist support for mental health issues that may arise within the LGBTQIA+ community, transcultural mental health issues experienced by ethnic minority groups, and support for people who have been victims of bullying, domestic violence, sexual abuse and rape.

We also offer young people’s services at Harley Street, for people between the ages of 4 and 18, who need outpatient support for their mental health challenges.

What therapies are offered at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street?

We offer a range of therapies at Harley Street, which are selected and tailored according to your needs. Our therapies include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment therapy
  • Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive remediation therapy (CRT)
  • Compassion focused therapy (CFT)
  • Dynamic interpersonal therapy (DIT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Integrative therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
  • Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • Narrative exposure therapy (NET)
  • Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)
  • Person centred therapy (PCT)
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Rational emotive behaviour therapy (REBT)
  • rTMS
  • Schema therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy (SFBT)
  • Systemic therapy (including family, couples and marital therapy)
  • Thought field therapy (TFT)
  • Transactional analysis (TA)
  • Trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TFCBT)

All of the methods we use are evidence-based and delivered by trained practitioners.

Who makes up the expert team?

Our specialist Harley Street team is made up of psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and other healthcare professionals. Our specialists are committed to providing the best treatment to everyone we support, and pride themselves on placing you at the heart of your treatment journey. This approach ensures that you're allocated to the best expert for your needs and benefit from a tailored treatment programme that guarantees the most positive outcomes.

At Harley Street, we understand that finding a good specialist to treat your individual condition can seem like a daunting task, with many people not knowing where to look or who to select. You can be reassured that all of our Harley Street experts are qualified to provide the best treatment possible, and have unrivalled clinical experience.

Our team pride themselves on being thought leaders in the field of mental health and are constantly seeking to innovate. We also ensure that our specialists engage in continuous professional development in order to guarantee that their practice is guided by the very latest research and adheres to NICE guidelines.

In addition, our team at Harley Street have strong clinical links with all of our nearby Priory sites based in North London, Roehampton, Woking, Life Works, Chelmsford and Hayes Grove. This allows a smooth transition for the small number of people who may need to move between outpatient and inpatient treatment, according to their individual needs.

How do I pay for treatment?

There are two ways you can pay to receive expert mental health, addiction and eating disorder treatment at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street:

  1. Self-paying – this means that you pay for your treatment yourself
  2. Payment via private medical insurance – we are a registered and approved provider for all of the UK’s leading private medical insurers, including Aviva, AXA Health, Bupa, Cigna, Healix, Vitality and WPA

For more information on self-funding your treatment or using your private medical insurance to pay for our services, call us today on 0800 098 4816 or visit our fees and funding page.

How is Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street regulated?

Our number one priority is delivering the best possible outcomes for the people who use our services. This goes deeper than simply following national guidelines; we constantly strive to improve ourselves and advance our standing as a thought leader in the field of mental health.

All the treatment we offer at Harley Street is driven by robust regulation and the very highest standards in mental health care. Our services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and demonstrate a consistently strong track record of clinical quality. Our clinical teams undergo regular inspections, ensuring that we can deliver high levels of treatment and support.

By being transparent and diligent in regards to safety, quality, compliance and governance, we continue to operate as the leading provider of private behavioural care in the UK, enabling our patients to overcome their mental health concerns and experience lifelong benefits.

FAQs relating to our leading rTMS treatment

What’s the difference between rTMS and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)?

rTMS and TMS are similar in a sense that they’re both non-invasive treatment methods that use electromagnetic pulses to stimulate areas of the brain. However, there are some key differences between the two:

  1. Areas targeted - TMS tends to target broader areas of the brain, whereas rTMS targets more specific areas
  2. Single vs repetitive pulses - TMS uses single pulses of magnetic stimulation to targeted areas of the brain, whereas rTMS uses repetitive pulses over a series of treatment sessions
  3. Session frequency - TMS sessions can vary in frequency depending on the specific condition that’s being treated and the treatment protocol recommended by healthcare professionals. In contrast, rTMS needs a more intensive treatment schedule, often involving daily sessions over a number of weeks. The repetitive nature of rTMS is intended to induce longer-lasting changes in brain activity

Who can’t receive rTMS?

rTMS is very safe and is tolerated well by most people. However, there are a number of conditions that might mean someone can’t receive rTMS, or might mean they need closer monitoring or adjusted treatment. These will be discussed at length during an initial assessment with a psychiatrist, to make sure any possible adjustments are made. These conditions include:

  • Personal or family history of epilepsy – these individuals might need an adjusted treatment protocol to mitigate the risk of seizures
  • Cochlear implants, pacemakers, or metal plates/screws fitted in the head/face/neck following surgery – people with these devices would likely be unsuitable to receive rTMS
  • Schizoaffective disorders or a history of mania – there’s a very small chance that rTMS could trigger mania, so conditions like these would need to be discussed at length during the assessment stage
  • Substance use disorders – substances such as alcohol and cocaine can make people more susceptible to seizures, so people who are taking drugs or drinking excessively might not be suitable for rTMS

Is rTMS safe during pregnancy?

rTMS is safe during pregnancy and is a good option for someone who doesn’t want to take antidepressant medication while they’re pregnant.

Can you repeat rTMS treatment?

Yes, you can repeat rTMS. A single course of rTMS usually needs daily sessions for 4 to 5 weeks. People can also have multiple rTMS sessions in 1 day if they wish, although this depends on factors such as the prescribed treatment, as well as clinic and client availability. There just needs to be a gap of at least 1 hour between the end of an rTMS session and the start of a new session.

There’s also no limit to the number of times you can receive a course of rTMS. Most rTMS treatments will be prescribed in blocks of 20 to 30 sessions, but you can receive multiple blocks, if you want/need to.

Following an initial course of rTMS treatment, clinicians often recommend maintenance sessions. These sessions could be anywhere from once a week to once a month, and help to maintain the positive effects of the rTMS.

Can you take a break from rTMS?

You can take a break from rTMS if you wish. However, in order to get the best results, rTMS sessions should happen on consecutive days with as few breaks as possible.

Is rTMS a permanent solution?

Unfortunately, rTMS isn’t a permanent solution and its positive effects can begin to diminish over time. However, the positive effects can last for up to 12 months without any maintenance. This can vary from person-to-person depending on how severe their depression is. We are happy to discuss ongoing maintenance treatment with you, following your initial course of treatment.

How do I pay for rTMS?

rTMS at Harley Street can be self-funded (meaning you pay for this yourself), or it can be accessed through private medical insurance. Please check with your insurer for eligibility.

Why Priory?

Care and quality

We provide treatment that adheres to NICE guidelines.

Flexible payment options

We offer flexible payment options for patients, including inpatient, day care and outpatient packages.

Expert clinicians

We work with world class clinicians who are experts in their fields.

Patient pathways

Our teams create seamless pathways to help when stepping down from inpatient care to day care and outpatient treatment.

Private medical insurance

We are a registered and approved provider for all of the UK's leading private medical insurers. All of the services that we offer at Priory can be funded through private medical insurance. This includes:

  • Mental health treatment
  • Addiction treatment
  • Eating disorder treatment

All clients will have access to our highly skilled and accredited clinicians, many of whom are published experts in their fields of treatment. Whatever your requirements, we are committed to working with you to get your life back on track.

Registered and approved provider

We are a registered and approved provider for all of the UK's leading private medical insurers.

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