My fundamental belief is that each of us is special, each of us unique; each of us can move beyond the constraints that our situation presents in order to create a life with meaning, purpose and personal fulfilment.
All my life I have valued the support and challenge others have offered me, even when at times it has been immensely painful; I strive to give this same support to my clients; walking a few steps with them; sometimes with 2 or 3 sessions, sometimes over a longer period. Each of is unique in our journey.
For over 35 years, I have been Coaching and Counselling young people and adults of diverse cultures and social backgrounds, individually, in couple counselling, in professional teams and group workshops . Many hundreds of people have given testimonials to my wisdom, empathy, insight, warmth and life experience.
I consider it important to keep up to date with my own ongoing training and personal development.
My academic and professional qualifications include a Masters degree (University of Strasbourg), a four year diploma in Psychosynthesis and Education (Psychosynthesis Trust, London), accreditation as a Life Coach (NCFL), 30 years as Enneagram trainer.
Initial 20 minute complimentary conversation.
£50 per 60 minute session.
Concessions available in case of need
Life Coaching, Counselling, mentoring and training, since 1969 in Africa, UK, Canada and continental Europe. Individual and community development in challenging situations with people of all ages, from all walks of life and a diversity of ethnic and socio-economic groups.
Inspiring individuals and communities to discover and develop the best in themselves
Empathetic listening, understanding, challenging and support
Creating environment where clients feel encouraged to take stock, to discuss what is important for them, to release the blockages, and to move forward
Facilitating group discussions and meaningful communication
35 years’ experience of living and working in multi-cultural environments
Languages: English, French, Arabic and Italian
Independent counsellor, coach and group facilitator UK and Europe, 1996-
Counselling and coaching a wide range of people facing changes and/or challenges in their personal and professional lives. Clients include academics, young people, parents, couples, and business professionals coming chiefly through personal recommendation.
Founder and Facilitator of Cambridge Enneagram and Cambridge Men’s Group. Led successful workshops privately and within corporate teams. Regular participants included fellow counsellors, life coaches, trainers, business leaders and other professionals. Clients consistently highlight how this work helps them in their personal, social and professional development.
Community development, teaching, coaching Africa, Europe, Canada, 1968-96
Chiefly in Tunisia (14 years), Sudan (3 years) and Uganda (2 years), led and coached multi-cultural teams and communities in collaboration on communal projects to combat poverty and instigate and support human development.
Did this through such means as conflict resolution, religious dialogue, adult literacy courses, women’s education, child education and health care, business start-ups and wealth creation.
Initiated and managed dialogue between Muslim and Christian communities. Met challenges such as mutual mistrust and cultural differences between the two communities with understanding, flexibility and long-term vision.
Liaised with local authorities and international aid agencies in setting up of self-help and relief projects for local people and refugees. Negotiated the implementation of primary care and fundamental hygiene in places where none previously existed.
Set up and directed adult training centres. Successfully negotiated areas of potential conflict and tension among students and staff of diverse ethnic, racial and religious origins.
In Africa, Italy, France, Canada, Switzerland, Britain and Ireland engaged extensively in counselling, capacity building, mentoring, and leading of development workshops.
ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
4-year Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling Skills. London
Accredited Life Coach, NCFL
Accredited Life Coach, Life Coaching Academy
Enneagram trainer since 1989
MA and Higher Specialised Education Diploma (D.E.S.S.) University of Strasbourg,
Diploma in Arabic & Islamic Studies, Rome
Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CELTA), Cambridge
Studies in Rogerian person-centred counselling, Fribourg University
Dear Doctor Hillas, Thankyou so much for teaching me Maths. I could not have achieved anything near the A grade I did without your help. I thouroughly enjoyed the lessons which cannot be said for my Maths lessons at school so thankyou for putting up with me.
Thanks very much for all your help again. Sophie would never have passed Maths without your help.
I have no hesitation in writing this reference for Thomas Hillas, who has tutored my son for the past 18 months in preparation for his GCSE's.
We found him reliable, conscientious and, most of all, my son trusted and liked him. He not only helped him with the subjects in which he was being tutored but gave him confidence and self belief. He has matured as a result of Mr Hillas' help.
Thomas Hillas has been tutoring our 2 children, Rhys aged 11 and Lewys aged 9, for over 12 months. During this time our children's overall confidence and mathematical skills have improved. Last year Rhys achieved very good year 6 SA T results.
Thomas is patient in his approach and he makes the subject fun to learn. He has always been willing to provide support for their broader educational needs and has built a good relationship with them both.
Thomas, thank you for the help you gave D. over the last 18 months. He trusted you and liked you. You not only helped him with his GCSEs but gave him confidence and self belief. He has matured as a result of your help. LH
Thomas, thanks for your patience. The boys find your lessons fun and we appreciate the great results you helped them achieve but more especially the support you give them in their overall development. R & C H
Thank you for all the help you gave me with my GCSEs because god knows what my grades would have been if I had not had it! SH
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