Sylvia Hillman: St Andrews Counselling . MSc Counselling. MBACP. Accred'

Sylvia Hillman: St Andrews Counselling . MSc Counselling. MBACP. Accred'

Largo Road
St. Andrews

07977 531901

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About me

From my experience of being a Career Consultant spanning over 19 years in education, industry and with the military in resettlement, I added counselling to my portfolio after training to be a Counsellor at The University of Edinburgh in 2010 and obtaining the MSc in 2016.

I gained accreditation with BACP this year to give evidence to my experience and professional and ethical practice.

My training is in person-centred and psychodynamic counselling which allows me to work with each client to explore the root of unwanted behaviour, negative thoughts and feelings of stuckness. I also use a cognitive behavioural toolkit to work in tandem with psychotherapy which focuses on a therapeutic working relationship where clients can gain a deeper insight into emotional problems and difficulties and move forward in their lives.

I work mainly with university staff and students and use my experience as a mother of four children (aged 10-32). my vast knowledge of working in different sectors over 35 years and in education where theory meets practice. This can empower each individual to work through their difficulties and make change where necessary. I have experience with a range of issues including: stress, anxiety, low self esteem, depression, loss, gender, sexuality, relationships, change, redundancy, career change, alcohol and drug misuse and abuse.

I believe no one should suffer in silence and talking therapy has many benefits to improve mental and physical health, relationships, concentration, confidence and generally Living Life To The Full.

MSc Thesis: 'Anxiety in Education - Neurodiversity and Counselling'. (2016)

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP Accreditation 2019

MSc in Counselling: The University of Edinburgh (Merit) 2016

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling The University of Edinburgh (Distinction) 2010

Diploma in Teaching in Further Education - Fife College, 2013

Postgraduate Diploma in Career Guidance - Napier University, 1999

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CBT Toolkit
  • Short Term Focussed Therapy
    • Atttachment Issues for Students, Young People and Adults
    • Therapy Online
    • Mindfulness
        • Counselling Law
        • Putting the person into personality disorder
          • Specific Learning Difficulties in Adults
          • Understanding Self Harm
          • Alcohol and adolescents
          • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
          • Understanding Self Harm: Children and Young People
          • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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Why not come along for an introductory session for 30 minutes to find out if this is what you are looking for?

30 mins: £20
50 mins: £40

You can find me at 3 Slotline House, Largo Road, St Andrews. KY16 9TY

Working Days:  Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Most clients will aim to meet once every week or fortnightly to get into a rythm of a working relationship. We can work together to be flexible whatever your needs are.

You can e-mail me with any questions or arrange a time where we can chat over the phone. or 07977 531 901

Further information

I offer  short and long term counselling as well as training. I have experience of teaching in college and facilitating workshops for St Andrews University, Dundee University, Abertay University, MoD, RNIB and Fife Employmen Access Trust.

I mainly deliver workshops on Motivational Change, Dealing with Difficult Behaviour, Presentation Skills, Stress Management, Resillience, Self Marketing, Personal Qualities, Values, Key Strengths and Realisitc Action Planning.

Maps & Directions

St. Andrews, KY16

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


E-mail, text or call for appointment availability

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme