Dean Smith is a Board-Approved Supervisor offering online one to one and group supervision to provisional psycholoigsts across Australia. He is also an expereinced Registered Psychologist and Neurofeedback Trainer, Melbourne (limited spaces) with over 30 years expereince working with clients presenting with mental health challenges.

Dean is a Registered Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Remedial Massage Therapist, Herbalist, Author, Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Practitioner, Certified Neuroptimal Neurofeedback Trainer and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.


        • Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Board Approved Supervisor
        • B.A.(Psych), Grad. Dip. Counselling and Human Services
        • Dip. Psychotherapy,
        • Adv. Dip. Gestalt Therapy,
        • Dip. Clin. Hypnosis,
        • Dip. Herbal Medicine,
        • Prac. Cert. Rem. Massage
        • Prac. Cert. Massage Therapy
        • Cert. Reflexology
        • Cert. Somatic Experiencing

For clients:

Over the last 30 years of working with clients, Dean has been at the forefront of the paradigm shift we are now seeing in trauma recovery and mental health treatment.  His private practice was one of the first practices in Melbourne to specialise in taking a holistic and integrated approach to mental health.

Deans holistic appraoch to mental health and trauma treatment is spiritually informed, logical, respectful, effective, and a compassionate way of working with people’s pain and suffering.  For many years now he has been focusing on developing methods of working with mental health and trauma that meet the unique needs of his clients.

Although he was first trained as a Psychologist, his interest in professional devleopment led to achievement of additional qualitifcations in psychotherapy, bodywork, hypnosis, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, martial arts, yoga, biofeedback/neurofeedback, somatic experiencing, and meditation.

His passion for healing was also fuelled by his own struggles early in life with learning disorders, hearing problems, anxiety, and a severe stutter.  This personal journey informs how his approach and work with his clients.  He is passionate about seeing people grow, thrive, and reach their potential and to turn life challenges as as a doorway to deeper discovery and growth.

Dean also supervises and trains early career psychologists, provisional psychologists, registered psychologists and psychotherapists, which brings him much joy to pass on his knowledge and experience.

For Provisional Psychologists seeking Supervision:

If you are an early career Registered Psychologist or Provisional Psychologist seeking an experienced, supportive, and skilled supervisor, contact Dean for a 15-minute chat to see if you would be a good fit.

Dean has over 30 years of experience working in mental health and currently works in private practice.  He has experience in community health, victims of crime, drug and alcohol, corrections, and educational settings.  Special areas of interest include Trauma and Stressor- Related Disorders, Personality Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Sleep-Wake Disorders, Binge Eating Disorder, Chronic Illness, Depressive Disorders, Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders and Complicated Grief reactions.

Drawing on a range of different approaches Dean works closely with supervisees to develop a comprehensive evidence based and person-centred treatment plan for their clients.  Further, Dean supports supervisees to implement that plan, manage any challenges that emerge, and increase supervisees therapeutic skills.

The approaches Dean draws on to help supervisees develop a comprehensive treatment plan include:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Hypnosis, and
  • Various Brain Based Approaches (like Somatic Experiencing, Tapping, Neurofeedback, EMDR).

Supervision has the potential to be a deeply rewarding and transformative experience for supervisees, helping them to build the necessary skills and knowledge to get great outcomes for their clients.  Dean is passionate about making supervision useful and effective, targeting the specialised skills and knowledge needed to get better outcomes with clients.  He understands competency-based training, comprehensive models of supervision, feedback informed approaches, practice-based research, and deliberate practice so supervisees can maximise their supervision experience.

– Dean Smith, Registered Psychologist, Brain Training Australia

How to work with Dean

Dean offers the following modalities at Brain Training Australia:

Services delivered by:

  • Face to face in Melbourne, and
  • via Telehealth, Australia-wide.

Click here to Book a Discovery Call with Dean to see if you are a good fit for each other.