Sylvia Hillman

St Andrews Counselling Service:

About  Me: 

My portfolio career is combined with working as a Psychotherapist and Counsellor in private practice in St Andrews, Fife,  Teaching Fellow for the PG Certificate course at The University of Edinburgh, and as a facilitator for staff workshops for Dundee and St Andrews Universities.  As a Career Consultant, I also facilitate resettlement workshops for the military with Career Transition Partnership.

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.

In 2021 I started working on a part-time PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am interested in the ‘Lived and Embodied Experience of Mothering with and through ADHD and The Menopause’.

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 14-35 also allows me to be empathetic 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
  • Infidelity 
  • Intimacy
  • Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & ADHD
  • Sexuality/Gender
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Coping with Change
  • Redundancy
  • Alcohol and Drug misuse
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Abuse 





I have two trainee therapists from Abertay and Edinburgh University, in their final year. If you are keen to work with them, please get in touch.

We offer

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





  • Dealing with  Change
  • Post Covid Living and Working
  • Stress Management & Resilience
  • Dealing With Difficult Behaviour (for Managers)
  • Assertiveness and Confidence
  • Menopause

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 email me direct on:   BACP MBACP (Accred) 149428

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



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