Martin Hughes | Evolutionary Biologist at The Consulting Rooms

Martin Hughes

Evolutionary Biologist

Every human being is born with the most complex thing ever discovered in our universe. Our brains. Your brain is an amazing thing, but what happens when you feel like your brain is working against you? Your brain might feel like it's stuck on a seemingly never ending cycle, producing dark thoughts and emotions. Causing us to dread our future or feel sad about our past. It is important to know that you are not broken and this does not have to be a permanent state of mind.

My approach centres around discussions around your mental state and how it fits into the context of our entire universe, our entire planet and our entire species. Importantly, we will discuss the evolution of you and where you fit in to this amazing, unfolding story. I want to give you a little bit of mental breathing space to regain some control of that amazing brain of yours and get you excited about your future.

I am not a therapist, I am an evolutionary biologist. I'm extremely interested in the development of human behaviour, how our brains change over time and importantly how we can make our brains work for us. I specialise with young adults, having worked with hundreds of individuals in Scotland and Australia over the past decade.

As the Head of Research & Development at Skillset Senior College, I'm actively involved in research projects in the field of adolescent/young adult mental health, working with individuals across the globe.

If you want to start making your brain actively work for you instead of against you, I look forward to hearing from you.


I went to see Dr Hughes when I felt I needed some guidance and direction. He was so approachable and made me feel at ease. His compassion and understanding were what I needed to get my wellbeing back on track.
N. M., 31, Scotland, UK

Dr Hughes is someone I feel safe sharing my daily struggles with, as he is always kind-hearted and understanding and provides the perfect feedback to help deal with tricky situations. I look at Dr Hughes as a role model and a mentor. He has guided me through the recent years by helping me express myself while remaining calm and in control of my own emotions. I always feel extremely comfortable sharing my thoughts and views on certain situations and being vulnerable when talking to Dr Hughes.
M. B., 18, Queensland, Australia

I wasn't in the best headspace and Dr Hughes talked to me about my problems and helped me work through them step by step, which led to me developing a more open and productive mind. He would take notes and recommend books or podcasts to me. We worked together over three years and I am a better person thanks to him. He is warm, caring and professional.
J. O., 18, New South Wales, Australia