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About me

As a career consultant and classroom facilitator, spanning over 20 years in education, industry and with the military in resettlement, I decided to add counselling to my portfolio. I trained at The University of Edinburgh in 2010 and obtaining the MSc in 2016.

I gained accreditation with BACP in January 2019 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 with the public, university staff and students. I also use my experience as a mother of four children (aged 12-33) alongside my vast knowledge of working in a variety of sectors over 35 and in theory. The therapeutic relationship 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, identity, sexuality, relationships, change, redundancy, career change, alcohol and drug misuse and abuse amongst others.

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
  • Counselling online
  • CBT Toolkit
  • Short Term Focussed Therapy
  • Attachment Issues for Students, Young People and Adults
  • Therapy Online
  • Mindfulness
  • Counselling Law
  • Putting the person into a 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)
  • Working with Loss and Suicide
  • Mind or Body - What's In Charge
  • Coaching for Counsellors
  • Working with Identity in times of transition - A Coaching Approach
  • Mental Health for Managers

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£45.00 per session

Additional information

How to get started:

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

  • 30 mins: £25:00
  • 50 mins: £45.00

You can find me at 3 Slotline BusinessHouse, 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 rhythm 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 07977 531 901.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

E-mail, text or call for appointment availability.  NOTE: I can also work with you on Zoom or Teams if you prefer. 

Further information

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

I mainly deliver workshops on, Dealing with Difficult Behaviour, Menopause, Mental Health for Staff & Managers, Stress Management, Resilience, Self-Marketing, Personal Qualities, Values, Key Strengths and Realistic Action Planning.


Largo Road
St. Andrews

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Sylvia Hillman: St Andrews Counselling . MSc Counselling. MBACP. (Accred)

Sylvia Hillman: St Andrews Counselling . MSc Counselling. MBACP. (Accred)