Sylvia Hillman

Personal History:

From being a young mum and in my first job  working as a  fitness instructor, I decided it was time to attempt education again at the age of 26.  I studied Business at college and then onto Edinburgh Napier University, where I trained to become a Careers Adviser working in education, in charities and remain working with the military on their resettlement. In 1998 I remember being made redundant as a recycling co-ordinator and the feelings of loss, insecurity  and uncertaintity. This led me to want to help individuals in careers and beyond because I can empathise in many situations. I went to university for the first time in my 30’s and have never looked back.  Career consultancy with the military  is a hugely rewarding job and one that  led me to return to  highter education again in my 40’s and trained to become a counsellor.

Learning differences and relationship difficulties from working with individuals  led to my curiosity as to why people behave the way they do. Studying psychodynamic theory became a passion  ‘How the past lives in the present’. Much of my theoretical learning came from Bowlby, Klien, Winnicot and Freud. I later went on to teach counselling in further education.

I decided to study anxiety in my MSc in 2016 because it appears to be on the increase.  I became particularly interested in learning differences such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia. I have come to know and learn much about the neurodiverse brain and how we are all very unique. I feel it is my role to help individuals who suffer in silence  and to educate society in understanding that we are all unique.

From my personal life experiences combined with that of theory and practice, I believe I am suitably qualified and experienced to be a therapist for you. However, it is the core of a good relationship that holds and contains individuals in their confidential stories. So, here I am to try help this process for you.


My Qualifications:  MBACP Accreditated.

MSc Counselling (Merit) – The University of Edinburgh

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Distinction)

Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance – Edinburgh’s Napier University

Diploma in Teaching in Further Education – Fife College


Contact me:

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 on 07977 531 901 or email directly at: