Hugh Churchward

Hugh Churchward sits with his elbows resting on his knees and has a relaxed and friendly smile.

I know that people can change. I have seen it my clients, I have seen it in those who have trained me, I have seen it in those I have taught – and importantly I have experienced it in myself. Whatever the circumstances we are in, no matter how bad we feel, how immoveable things seem to be or how long it has gone on for – things can change and be different.

For over two decades I have worked in the area of health but always with a focus on wellness and the mind-body connection. Even while working as a registered nurse my interest was in supporting the person as they were being treated – in whatever form that treatment took.

While living in the UK – training to become a registered nurse – I was introduced to the role that our environment and our relationships have on our health – physically, emotionally and psychologically. This approach encouraged me to reflect on what it is to be ‘a self’ and the role of the mind in the making of our world.

Subsequent exploration of mindfulness and meditation practices led to the study of somatic psychotherapy where all of my previous experiences came together – the role of the body in our overall health – both mental and physical – was something that made a lot of sense to me. Since then – for over 20 years now – I have worked as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and more recently a couple’s therapist – bringing an understanding of the ways in which our felt sense of ourselves is shaped by what is happening in our body and our relationships.

Where it would benefit and where agreed with the client I also use the hands-on techniques of Ortho-Bionomy to bring greater awareness to the dynamics that are happening within our body and ourselves. This is especially true for those who are experiencing somato-sensory symptoms, trauma – including Complex PTSD – and chronic pain. It’s this area that I have been engaged by the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) to treat those who have sought and been granted refuge from war and displacement.

For the past 2 years I have been teaching on the Ortho-Bionomy training program and have presented at various trauma conferences and educational events.

I have a Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy from Somatics – Body Oriented Psychotherapy and am an Advanced Practitioner and Instructor of Ortho-Bionomy. I also hold a Diploma of Nursing (UK)

I am a member of:

Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia – Clinical member

Ortho-Bionomy Australia – Clinical and Board member

AHPRA – Registered Nurse