Sylvia Hillman

St Andrews Counselling Service

About  Me

My portfolio career is combined with working as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor  working with university staff, students and the general public, with that of a  Career Consultant and Trainer working in education and regularly with the military on resettlement.

I qualified as a therapist in 2010 and In 2016 I obtained an MSc at The University of Edinburgh where I was able to research my passion in ‘Finding Peace in An Educational World of Anxiety’.  I also became an Accreditated Practitioner in 2019.

I trained in person-centred and psychodynamic counselling in Edinburgh and with experience and personal development, have come to the conclusion that it is the therapeutic relationship that makes the foundation of change.

My role as a mother of  four  aged between 11-32 also allows me to be empathtic in working with young people over the age of eighteen, parents and individuals who often struggle with the constant changes and demands in our fast paced life.


I have gained experience of working with clients who have presented and worked through the following concerns:


  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Bullying
  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Infedility 
  • Intimacy
  • Dylexia, Dyscaluclia & ADHD
  • Sexuality/Gender
  • Depression
  • Self esteem
  • Coping with Change
  • Redundancy
  • Alcohol and Drug misuse
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Abuse and the Past living in the Present.


I offer a number of services including:

  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Solution-Focussed Therapy
  • Integrated Counselling
  • Training



  • Motivational Change
  • Dealing with Difficult Conversations
  • Conflict Management
  • Stress Management & Resilience
  • Self-Marketing and Personality
  • Dealing With Difficult Behaviour
  • Assertiveness and Confidence

Therapy Room

What My Clients Say …


I don’t know how or why BUT I know I feel better and know it’s because of my counselling work with you. Thanks.

Sylvia, I know I could not have made this change in my life without you.

I have never had counselling before. I enjoyed the experience. I feel much better and have hope now. I would definitely recommend it.



Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of the services I offer, or have anything else you think I can help with. You can call me, Sylvia, on; 07977 531 901 or complete the form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

St Andrews Counselling Service, Slotline House, Largo Road, St Andrews. KY16 8NJ. There is free parking behind the Plumb Centre.



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