John Alder

Counselling Psychologist, Developmental Psychologist, Organisational Psychologist


As a child of parents with mental illness, my concern for understanding personal health, human development and family relationships began at an early age. This concern for human experience and the role of helpers continued across more than 50 years. During this time, I initiated the first accredited welfare training course in the western suburbs of Melbourne, and engaged (as student and lecturer) in post-graduate training in counselling psychology across 4 universities.

Understanding the ways in which individuals relate to their partners, their peers (social or workplace) and their parents has guided my training and practice. The sense of individual identity, emerging in family and work settings, is at the core of my counselling with individuals, couples and groups.

My counselling practice: respects the uniqueness of the individual; focuses upon a trusting and empathic relationship; and introduces processes which facilitate the person’s sense of their identity.

Blending training, under inter/national authorities in counselling, with extensive professional experience and collaborative work with senior professional peers, is my on-going process to ensure quality work with my clients.
I have collaborated with senior practitioners and academics in presenting at (inter/national) conferences and publishing articles on professional practices. My membership of advisory groups of the Australian Psychological Society indicates a knowledge and leadership in quality professional psychological practice.
I have diverse range of specialist competencies, including occupational rehabilitation, couples counselling and counselling with the aged. My work in these fields includes: consulting work with trainee psychologists; the teaching of health psychology to post-graduate psychology students and consulting/research projects.


Knowing our “selves” (our identity and immediate experience),  while respecting others in our workplaces, families and among our peers is a core human experience and challenge.  John’s interest in this challenge has guided his 10 years of university studies in psychology and  40 years of his professional life as a psychologist.  
He has worked in lecturing, research and consulting across the fields of counselling, community, organisational and educational psychology.
He has actively contributed to committees and  advisory groups of the Australian Psychological Society and has numerous presentations at (national and international) conferences, and published articles, on professional practices. He has supervised more than 40 “provisional psychologists” through to registration.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy

Standard Pricing

  • Cost per session
  • 200 / session

Each session is approximately 50 minutes in duration


  • Couple Counselling
  • Individual Counselling
  • In-person Counselling

Areas of Specialty

  • Depression
    Anxiety Disorders
    Adjustment disorder
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Grief and Loss
    Work related issues
    Work cover/TAC


  • Master in Psychology, 1986, University, Melbourne
    Bachelor of Education (Counselling), 1979, Latrobe University
    Fellow of APS College of Counselling Psychologists
    Fellow of APS College of Educ & Developmental Psychologists
    Fellow of APS College of Organisational Psychologists

Rebates: When you have an appointment with one of our psychologists you may be eligible for a Medicare rebate of $89.65 (if you see a General Psychologist) and $129.55 (if you see a Clinical Psychologist), per session. We do not bulk bill. There is an out of pocket fee which varies depending on the clinician you see.

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