Maureen Backman

Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT, MA, MS
 therapist: Maureen Backman,
In-Person in Pacifica, CA 94044
Online in California
I’m a therapist because I believe in the healing strength of being with: Being with our feelings, our present moment experience, and each other. So often, we walk through life feeling alone and disconnected. Therapy is a place for you to unfold and expand into a life that feels more authentic and spacious, a place for you to experience connection and transformation. Clients who work with me often describe me as warm, thoughtful, and creative. In addition to what you might think of when hear the words “talk therapy,” I also incorporate art, movement, and mindfulness into our sessions. I view my clients and myself as co-collaborators in the therapy process, and work with you to create a space that feels supportive and safe. I take a non-pathologizing approach, honoring the strategies that got you to this moment, and supporting you as you unfold into your authentic self.

Client Focus

Age Specialty: Adult, Elder, Young Adult
Languages: English

Treatment Approach

  • Emotionally Focused (EFT)
  • Existential/Humanistic
  • Experiential
  • Gestalt
  • Hakomi Method
  • Integrative
  • Multicultural
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic
Approach Description: Through body-based talk therapy, we explore your present moment experience via your thoughts, emotions, sensations, memories, and body movement. We honor where you are moment-by-moment and give your body and mind space to feel and heal.

Education & Credentials

Maureen Backman AMFT, MA, MS
  • Female
  • Practicing Since 2020
Education: I received my first Master’s degree in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology. In 2021, I graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies with a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology.


  • Average Session Fee $140 (individuals) - $180 (couples)
  • Affordable sliding scale therapy: apply if you may be eligible.
  • I have a limited number of sliding slots available. Contact me for more information.
  • Out of Network

Maureen Backman Practice Details

Therapy Sessions
  • Available In-Person in Pacifica, CA 94044
  • Available Online for residents of California
  • Online Therapy Details: Webcam (Zoom)
Maureen Backman Practice Description
I bring my whole self as a therapist and a human into my sessions. We’ll gently explore your experience - honoring the strategies that have gotten you to where you are, and learning where there’s room for expansion and growth. We’ll work together on finding resources to help you feel supported and grounded, both in session and in your life. We’ll focus on your experience in the here and now, and work together to create new experiences that heal and nourish. We’ll befriend the body, learning to honor the wisdom in your sensations and emotional experience. Most importantly, you won’t have to go it alone - I’ll be with you each step of the way, helping you learn to trust your experience and feel a greater sense of your own self. For Couples: Experience Connection People often come to couples therapy feeling disconnection - disconnection from their partners, disconnection from themselves, and disconnection from their relationship. I help couples identify their core desires in their relationship and how they want to feel with their partner. Using mindfulness as a tool, we gently explore patterns in your relationship and learn how create a more positive cycle of interaction. I guide couples through interactive, experiential exercises so they have new, reparative experiences in session with each other. This type of therapy can lead to deeper connection and healing that includes body, mind and spirit. You may be wondering whether therapy is for you. Can you bring your full self into session? Will all of your parts be respected and welcome? My practice welcomes you, and I look forward to co-creating a space that fits your unique being. I believe therapy should be accessible to all minds and bodies and affirm neurodiversity, sexual and gender diversity in my work. I welcome your access needs and will work with you to create a space that fits your being.

Practice Overview

1750 Francisco Boulevard
Available both in-person and online
4 Years Experience

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