Marcia Burton

Private Hakomi Sessions, Counselling, Hakomi Training, Mindful Self-Compassion training

Marcia sees clients in person on Salt Spring Island, BC, and occasionally on Vancouver Island.  She also offers sessions via Skype.  Marcia has an M.A. in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BCACC.  Most employee benefit plans and private health care insurance providers reimburse clients for their sessions.  Marcia’s sessions are approved for Victim Services and ICBC claims.

As a Senior Hakomi Trainer and Practitioner, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Marcia’s style is gentle, warm, compassionate and playful. For many years in mental health settings and in private practice, Marcia has supported others to gracefully heal issues related to grief/loss, trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, parenting and relationships.  She incorporates Hakomi, therapeutic art/play, sand tray and traditional “talk therapy” into sessions, depending on each individual’s preference.  Marcia’s work is underpinned by a trust that every person has access to a natural state of wellness. She sees her role as assisting others to remember their inner strength and innate wisdom. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.


For students of Hakomi, Marcia offers both individual and group supervision/coaching, in person and via Skype.  Marcia works with students who wish to attain Certification as a Hakomi Practitioner, encouraging trust and appreciation of one’s strengths. Students will be familiarized with and guided through the Certification process to deepen their skills and embodiment of the Hakomi method.

Mindful Self-Compassion Training

Marcia is a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)  and is offering 8 week courses in MSC on Salt Spring Island, starting in September 2016.  (Look on Home Page under “Mindful Self Compassion” for details.)  MSC is an evidence-based model, developed by Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff.  Marcia is delighted to have found another mindfulness-based method that is as gentle as Hakomi.  Both use individual mindful practices and exercises in small/large groups.  The main difference being the emphasis in MSC is on developing emotional resources rather than on self-study.  MSC offers a beautiful set of practices to enhance one’s connection to self, to encourage motivation through kindness not criticism, and generally to shift our attention away from being hard on ourselves, and towards being nourished by life.