Dean Hilton, Psychotherapist

Dean Hilton, PsychotherapistI am an individual, couples, and family therapist.

I have many years of experience working with people with complex mental health presentations, challenges in family and interpersonal relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as drug & alcohol issues. I have spent my life integrating the healing meditation and body practises of Eastern traditions with evidence-based modalities to provide a holistic approach to healing.

I completed my Clinical Masters in Systemic Family Therapy at The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University. I have become experienced in techniques involving Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Havening and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I’ve received extensive trauma-based training for EMDR, which is the gold standard treatment for PTSD and trauma as outlined by the World Health Organisation.

These techniques and my hundreds (maybe thousands) of hours of training are combined with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach, as well as somatic-based interventions. You can read below about some of the main techniques I use in my sessions.

Internal Family Systems

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of psychotherapy offers a clear non-and empowering method of understanding human problems.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an approach that identifies and addresses multiple ‘sub-personalities’ or ‘families’ within each person’s mental system. These sub-personalities consist of wounded parts and painful emotions such as anger and shame, and parts that try to control and protect the person from the pain of the wounded parts. The sub-personalities are often in conflict with each other and with the confident, compassionate core of every individual. Internal Family Systems focuses on healing the wounded parts.

Internal Family Systems therapy is used to treat individuals, couples, and families. It has been shown to be effective for treating a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety and panic. IFS is also of benefit in managing physical health conditions such as chronic pain.


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a contemporary psychotherapy that is highly effective in treating trauma and PTSD.  Repeated studies show that single sessions or a short course of sessions of EMDR can offer the same benefits as years of psychotherapy.

EMDR is gaining popularity due to its astounding results.


Havening uses powerful tools that can address the consequences of traumatic or stressful events and their memories. It’s a powerful treatment for anxiety, stress and PTSD.

Havening helps release trauma, stuck emotion, nervousness or distressing memories. The techniques taught in Havening help clients to feel removed from the pain of the event or thought that distresses them. Havening creates space from trauma and allows opportunity for different thoughts and feelings so that new patterns can evolve.

ACT – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a mindfulness-based therapy where exploration of the internal experience of thoughts, emotions, body sensations and behaviour leads to greater comfort in the body. ACT helps you bring about the acceptance of the difficulties that come with life. ACT clarifies what and who are important to you in your life, reduces avoidant coping styles and helps you make committed change moving you towards what is important to you.

If you are feeling that you need some assistance with relationships or traumatic experiences in your life, book in a 90 minute session with me and we can get you started on your healing journey.