Salt Spring Island Counsellors

Marcia Burton RCC
I have been a practicing counsellor/psychotherapist for over 20 years. My style is gentle, warm, compassionate and playful and practical. I have experience assisting individual clients and couples with issues such as grief/loss, depression, anxiety, stress, parenting, relationship conflict and life transitions. My work is underpinned by a trust that every person has access to a natural state of wellness. I see my role as assisting others to remember and reconnect with their inner strength and innate wisdom.

I have a lot of practice and training using mindfulness-based and body-centered approaches. I offer a holistic and wide-angled perspective on personal issues. I believe that pain and difficulty are inescapable aspects of life, and that we all suffer at times. Although we cannot necessarily stop pain/difficulty from coming into our lives, we often are not fully aware of our capacity to change our relationship to it. In making this perceptual shift, many clients begin to feel less identified with their difficulties and experience feeling empowered, exploring new ways to “relate to” their difficulties..

I formerly worked as a Mental Health Clinician with the Salt Spring Island mental health team. I have maintained good connections with this local mental health support system on Salt Spring, and have the ability to work closely with mental health professionals and doctors where appropriate.

I am a Certified Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion, a skills-based resilience-building program to support people to be kinder to themselves. I am a Senior Trainer of the Hakomi Method of Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and offer training and workshops in this approach to build self-awareness and enhance emphatic communication skills. My Masters Degree is in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Bath Spa University in the UK.

Cindy Clark MEd. RCC
It has been a 30-year professional road -mostly travelled by supporting families in one aspect or another. It was from the broken-hearted stories of children that became my compass for choosing a career that remains dedicated to the support of Parents, Parent & Child Relationships, Children & Youth, Individual Adults and Couples.  Some of the struggles that we have walked through together have been based on experiences in trauma, separation, regulation, life transitions, natural child & adult development, family conflict, and a wide range of mental health & wellness concerns.

It is with a caring heart that I sit with clients, curious in how they notice and care for their whole being and how that relationship with Self weaves its way into their relationships with the world around them.  From Self-Awareness to Self-Compassion to Responsibility on through to Healing.  This has become my therapeutic lens that I offer my clients in my practice.  It has notes of Attachment, Mindfulness, Jungian, Strength based, and hopefully is always Body and Person Centered in its flow. My work with couples is a blend of those while integrated into the research from the Gottman Institute.

I have been in relationship with my partner for 34 years, together we have parented our two children into adulthood and been blessed with a granddaughter who continually reminds us of what is really important in this world. Much of my learnings and empathy have come from my own family experiences and challenges, it is from the struggles of my relationship with my two-year-old son that the Parenting on the Edge Project was formed, which has since been presented to hundreds of parents and caregivers over these past 20 years.

After a career dedicated to supporting families through non-profit agencies and MCFD contracts, I am delighted to be settling into a private practice that allows more room for balance and nourishment to myself, my family, and to my clients.