Tonya Hillman

(MS, LPC)

About Me

Hello, my name is Tonya Hillman and I would love to help guide you through many of life’s challenges. Having worked for nine years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in two states, Missouri
and Alabama, and currently working towards my Ph.d in Counseling Education and Supervision, I have had the opportunity to work with individuals and couples on a multitude of platforms.
These platforms include relationship development, coping with anxiety and depression, working to manage bi-polar disorder, processing trauma, and coping with loss and grief. I model my counseling style to be warm, inviting, nonjudgmental, attentive, and drawing primarily from the Cognitive-Behavior approach. This approach identifies the negativity within your life and helps you to process and change these thoughts through behavioral changes and coping strategies.
Seeking help for today’s challenges is an important and sometimes difficult decision and not one I take lightly. I will develop a specific treatment plan based on your needs to help you accomplish your therapeutic goals. I am here for you.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, ADHD

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #3463 (Expires: 2021-07-01)

LPC #2012007128 (Expires: 2021-06-01)


Reviews

Written by C.H. on Nov 28, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Tonya is adept and skillful. She is empathetic, a truly kind soul. However, she does not coddle. God has blessed me by blessing her with intellect, compassion, and dedication.

Written by L.I. on Oct 28, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, eating disorders, and compassion fatigue

I love how timely she is. She is always available. She listens and equips me accordingly with what I need. Will definitely recommend her.

Written by A.N. on Oct 25, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Tonya is an incredible listener who allows her clients to narrate their experience and hides their growth with sensitivity and humor. The environment she creates in therapy is a safe space to explore one’s goals and overcome difficulties.

Written by M.O. on Oct 11, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, coping with life changes, and coaching

Tonya is very responsive and always answers my messages quickly. She's very understanding and validating and I really appreciate having her to talk to and work through issues with.

Written by C.A. on Oct 03, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, parenting issues, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Tonya has been wonderful. She’s a great listener and you feel like you’re talking to a friend rather than a counselor. She has given me a lot of tools to help with my anxiety and I would definitely recommend her.

Written by P.E. on Sep 12, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, and self esteem

I've only met with Tonya once so far, but what really stood out to me was the fact that she gave me a safe space to just cry. And that meant everything to me!!! She gave me a different perspective on a few issues I was struggling with, which allowed me to see myself and the situations in a different light. I plan on continuing to see her for as long as I can. Thanks Tonya!!

Written by N.O. on Aug 19, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, addictions, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

Tonya is very easy to talk to; she makes you feel extremely comfortable to opening up about yourself and your problems without any pressure. She makes talking to her feel like talking to a close friend rather than feeling nervous or at ease about talking to a professional. She's gotten me to overcome my struggles, forgive myself, and forgive others. She has helped me to move on with my future rather than dwell on my past and I couldn't be thankful enough.

Written by D.A. on Aug 11, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Tonya is a phenomenal counselor that has truly been a God send for my journey of being more aware of my emotions and my emotional intelligence. She is compassionate and cares deeply about her patients. Highly and 100% recommended!

Written by L.U. on Aug 02, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

I have been working with Tonya for a few months now. There has been such a drastic change in me. It has truly helped to have her to talk to, listen and help sort out everything that goes on in this complicated brain of mine. I have had to cancel a few times last minute, because of my job or location if I didn’t have good service, and she was always understanding and helped even if we couldn’t video chat. I feel very comfortable opening up to her, and look forward to our chats each week. I would definitely recommend her.

Written by S.T. on Jul 18, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 6 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I only video chatted with Tonya one time so far, but I can tell she is very educated and not only willing to help, but truly wants to help. We have chatted a few times back and forth, and she always responds immediately. She really brought me out of my comfort zone and I was able to tell her things about myself in the first visit that I have never told anyone before. She gave me advice and tips on things to help me and I have already had success thanks to her. I definitely recommend Tonya to anyone seeking help with anxiety like me, or any problem they are having.

Written by S.H. on Jul 15, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and adhd

Tonya helped me work through getting a support system around me so that I could better manage my anxiety and depression. Tonya is very nice and open. I would definitely recommend her.

Written by B.E. on May 27, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Tonya has really taken time to listen to my concerns and observe my needs and has established a good routine to help me in my day to day life.

Written by L.O. on May 23, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

I feel comfortable speaking with Tonya. She listens well, asks questions and provides feedback that is helpful. I would definitely recommend Tonya.

Written by S.A. on May 17, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Tonya was always there! Very professional and helpful in some of the most stressful moments of my life. Definitely contact her if you need that support in moments of depression and loneliness.

Written by P.A. on May 08, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning grief, and self esteem

We've only had one session so far, but in that session, she was able to ease my concerns about a number of issues I thought were bigger than they actually were and brought another one to my attention that I did not realize was an issue. We had a wonderful session - very enlightening. She is most insightful, caring, compassionate, engaging and I loved our first session.

Written by A.N. on May 01, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and coping with life changes

She is great and I have truly appreciated her help. She genuinely cares about my well being and has been a huge help.

Written by B.R. on Apr 28, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

Tonya is very attentive to my needs, especially when it comes to communication and getting to the root of what my issues are and what I want to improve about my life. She is very non-judgmental, but one of the things I like most about her is that she doesn’t shy away from the truth. She always tells me what I need to hear, even if she thinks it might be uncomfortable at first, and that’s a quality I think everyone needs in a counselor. I don’t feel that I would have made the progress I’ve made today without Tonya’s knowledge and expertise. From what I’ve experienced, she truly cares about helping her clients overcome their obstacles.

Written by C.L. on Apr 17, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks

She was very helpful and accommodating for my needs.

Written by H.A. on Feb 20, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

Tonya is a great listener, she helps me to identify and isolate the issue so that I can work towards it. She also points out when I’m making progress and makes me feel better whenever our session is done. She takes an interest in my personal life and pushes me to strive towards new or unexpected things. I have definitely made progress since meeting her. Every day is a struggle but I now know that I can get through it and that there is no shame in asking for help.

Written by B.R. on Jan 24, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Tonya is THE BEST!! She is super easy to talk to and listens extremely well. She is very interactive. Answers messages timely and helpfully. It’s only been a short time but I already feel better.

Written by P.H. on Jan 16, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Tonya understands what I’m going through and is very supportive. She is honest with me about the longevity of dealing with my grief but she is here along the journey.

Written by H.I. on Jan 03, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Tonya has been wonderful, she has helped me gain insight into the problems I struggle with and is an awesome therapist. Always on time, engaging, and helpful. Would recommend her to anyone.

Written by K.A. on Jan 01, 2019 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Tonya has been extremely understanding regarding my concerns and fears; thanks to our work together I have learned to control my anxiety and worries. Thank you Tonya!

Written by J.O. on Dec 22, 2018 after counseling with Tonya for 2 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Ms. Tonya has been vital to my time at school this semester. She has helped me by offering exercises and advise to aid in managing anxiety and stress. I appreciate her beyond words.

Written by N.I. on Oct 08, 2018 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

Tonya always answers me when I need her, and is always on time for our appointments. She takes the time to listen and give thoughtful feedback even when I need her at random times.

Written by G.A. on Aug 22, 2018 after counseling with Tonya for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, self esteem, and career

It has been amazing the change I have seen in myself working with Tonya in just the 3 short weeks we have been working together. She is positive and encouraging. She always follows up and checks on me. I would recommend to anyone who needs someone on the outside to speak with.