frequently asked questions

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?

At ‘The Self Centre’ we charge slightly less than the recommend rate for Psychology Services as outlined by the APS.  Our session fees with consulting Psychologists are $215, and sessions with the Director is $250.  (Pensioners, student, and those in financial distress will always be offered special consideration when setting the fee.  Please don’t hesitate to discuss your circumstances with your Psychologist.)

Can I claim Medicare Rebates?

Yes, if you are referred to a psychologist by your GP 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.

https://www.psychology.org.au/Assets/Files/2013-Medicare-fact-sheet-mental-health-rebates.pdf or https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mental-ba-fact-pat  

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/community/health_insurance/#nsw

How do I book an appointment?

Booking an appointment is easy. Please call or email The Self Centre St Leonards on 0403 215 118 or enquiries@selfcentre.com.au to make a booking.  If you are asked to leave a message, we will reply as quickly as we can. We aim to see all new clients within a week of enquiry. Every new enquiry will receive a free 10 minute phone assessment with Principal Psychologist Lyndsay Babcock.

Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, anyone can see a Psychologist for any reason, you do not need a referral.  (However if you would like to claim with Medicare you will need a valid GP referral.)
 
To make a booking or enquiry please call or email: 0403 215 118 / enquiries@selfcentre.com.au 
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?

Yes of course, you are free to see any psychologist of your choice.  It is important that you and your Psychologist are a good fit. If you have been referred for psychological services by your GP and they have lodged a Mental Health Care Plan, then you are entitled to 10 sessions in each calendar year with any Medicare registered psychologist.  All psychologists at the Self Centre are registered with Medicare.

Please feel free to call 0403 215 118 or email enquiries@selfcentre.com.au with any further questions. 

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.)