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 Lyndsay Babcock Psychology Crows Nest, our sessions cost slightly less than the recommended fee schedule for Psychologists (as outlined by the APS).  Pensioners and students will be given special consideration and offered reduced rates.

Session fees are discussed in detail at the beginning of the initial session.  Treatment will only commence once the session fee is agreed upon by you.

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.

Medicare Rebates are available to individuals who have been assessed and referred by their GP under the Better Access to Mental Health Scheme.  If an individual meets the set out criteria, they are eligible for rebate from Medicare for up to 10 individual sessions as well as 10 group sessions in a calendar year.  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.

Simply call Lyndsay Babcock Psychology Crows Nest on 0403 215 118 or email Lyndsay@LBPsychology.com.au to make a booking.  If you are asked to leave a message, we will endeavour to reply within an hour.

We aim to see all new clients within days of enquiry.

Every new enquiry will receive a free 15 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.

I was referred to another Psychologist by my GP, 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 Lyndsay Babcock Psychology are registered with Medicare.

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.

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

We do our very best to reply promptly to all enquiries.

(Note: Lyndsay Babcock Psychology is not an emergency treatment facility.  If you are in an emergency, please call 000 or visit your local emergency department.)