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 am currently working  on a part-time PhD to enable me to research deeper into the neurodiverse brain and ‘it’s characteristics’.

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 12-33 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
  • 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
  • Coaching Counselling
  • Solution-Focussed Therapy
  • Integrated Counselling
  • Training







  • Dealing with  Change
  • Understanding how to work with people with mental health concerns
  • Stress Management & Resilience
  • Self-Marketing and Personality theory
  • 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:   Please use these contact methods as the  Contact template below is currently being updated.

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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