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Help when you need it from a trauma informed, couple and family therapist

Trauma and addiction

The correlation between trauma and addictive behaviours is now undisputed. Even if those who struggle with addiction whether it be substance related, behavioural (sex, gambling, exercise, work) or relationship driven (co-dependency), haven’t experienced substantial trauma in their lives; the experience of being addicted is traumatising for everyone involved. When families are traumatised, relationships become strained. The way we relate to each other breaks down. Trust is broken. Anxiety and depression thrive. We get stuck. I am a therapist who understands how trauma impacts our minds, bodies, and the way we view the world, ourselves, and each other.

Struggling with Addiction?



Someone you love needs help:

You can't bear watching what addiction is doing to your family.
You don’t know how to manage the disruption to daily life.
You are walking on egg shells.
You're not coping.

I need help:

You want to stop using but you don’t know how.
You feel stuck and overwhelmed by the thought of stopping.
You want to do things differently.
You don't know where to get help that actually works.

So why should you see me and not a psychologist?

Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that brings families and couples together to learn new ways of understanding and communicating. Addiction creates attachment wounds that leave everyone confused and exhausted. We are wired to connect, and we cannot heal in isolation nor in psychologically unsafe environments. Gaining trust and creating safety with my clients is a key focus of mine. I educate, support, explore and facilitate healing for strung out nervous systems so that families and couples can begin to co-regulate and connect again. Family therapy works.

About Me



Tracey Alder Family Therapist

I am an attachment based - trauma informed family and couple therapist. I am also trained in EMDR. For fifteen years I have worked with families in distress. My approach is gentle and non-judgmental and I’m passionate about creating long lasting change for my clients. I will tailor sessions to best suit you and your family/partner.


Master of Family Therapy (M Soc sci) - Swinburne University
Master of Heath Education and Health Promotion (MSc) - Edinburgh University
Bachelor of Science Psychology (BSc) Hon - Strathclyde University, Glasgow.
Cert IV in Alcohol and other Drugs – Odyssey House
EMDR trained - Membership with Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Association of Australia ( EMDRAA )

I am an associate member of the Association of Australian Family Therapy (AAFT)

  • Swinburne
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Strathclyde University
  • EMDRA Association of Australia
  • Australian Association of Family Therapy

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traceyaldertherapy
Tracey Alder

Available for consultations in the South East Bayside region of Melbourne or via telehealth/online.

I proudly acknowledge the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Fee Structure

  • Sessions for individuals $150
  • Sessions for couples or families $180

(sessions are 50 minutes)