frequently asked questions
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What is a Psychologist?
Psychologists are highly trained specialists who work with people behaviourally, cognitively and emotionally. Psychologist are regulated by a code of ethics and must meet very specific criteria in order to maintain their registration.
All Psychologist have a minimum of 6 years of training in order to meet the criteria for registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA.
How much will my sessions cost?
Can I claim Medicare Rebates?
Yes, if you are referred to a psychologist by your GP with a mental health care plan (MHCP) you can claim a rebate from Medicare for up to 10 sessions in a calendar year. Medicare rebates are available to individuals who have been assessed and referred by their GP under the Better Access to Mental Health Scheme. A review by your GP is required following the first 6 sessions.
Can I claim Private Health Fund Rebates?
Our psychologists are registered with most of the major Health Funds to enable rebates for our clients. However, each Private Health Fund offers different rebates depending on the coverage. It’s best to check with your fund directly to see what your policy entitles you to. https://www.psychology.org.au/for-the-public/about-psychology/what-it-costs/Health-insurance-rebated-services
Are online or Telehealth options available?
How do I book an appointment?
Every new enquiry will be offered a FREE 15 minute phone consultation with Director and Principal Psychologist Lyndsay Babcock to help determine a good fit between you and your psychologist. If you prefer to book straight in and, you will be offered the first available time with the psychologist of your choice.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
How long does the first session last?
In most circumstances each session lasts 50 minutes. Occasionally, it is useful to have extra time and sometimes 1.5 hours is offered. However these extended times are agreed upon in the session prior.
I was referred to another Psychologist. Can I see you instead?
We do our very best to reply promptly to all enquiries.
(Note: The Self Centre is not an emergency treatment facility. If you are in an emergency, please call 000 or visit your local emergency department.)