Maureen Backman

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Maureen Backman

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Telehealth Available
Professions: Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision. Supervisor: Susan Lourme LMFT #54025
Primary Credential: Associate Marriage and Family Therapist - AMFT #127025
Billing and Insurance:

I do not work with insurance companies

Fees: $140 per session for individuals | $180 per session for couples

Telehealth available
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability

Offices

1750 Francisco Blvd
Pacifica, California 94044

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My Approach to Helping

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 view therapy as a form of activism, and invite us to explore how systems of oppression affect our lived experience. I have a social and disability justice lens, and welcome neurodiversity. I am a member of Bay Area Open Minds, and affirm sexual and gender diversity in my work.

My own lived experience of trauma and evolving sexual and gender identity in relationships informs my work. After spending years disconnected from my own body and self, I understand how relieving it can be to learn how to come home to the body and the present moment. 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.

I identify as white (with German and Norwegian ancestry), queer and use sheher pronouns.

More Info About My Practice

Access needs: I believe therapy should be accessible to all minds and bodies. I welcome your access needs and will work with you to create a space that fits your being.

Insurance: I do not bill insurance directly. However, I can provide you with a superbill each month that you can submit to your insurance provider for possible session reimbursement. Call your provider for confirmation of coverage.

Rates: I have a limited number of sliding scale spots available for those with financial need. When we chat on the phone, we can talk about my rates and see if one of these spots might be a good fit.

Payment: I accept payment by debitcredit card and check.

How often: I recommend meeting weekly.

How long: Individual therapy sessions are 50 minutes. I offer both 50- or 75-minute sessions for couples.

Teletherapy: I conduct teletherapy via video calls (Zoom) and phone. We can talk about which medium feels most supportive for you.

I offer in-person and telehealth sessions. My office is located in Pacifica, California, which is a few miles south of San Francisco along Highway 1. No stairs are required to enter the buildingmy office suite, and there is free streetside parking available near the building. The building has gender neutral restrooms.

What’s an initial phone consultation? When meeting someone for the first time, I first set up a free 20-30 minute phone consultation. That way, we can both learn more about each other. I can share how I work, and you can share with me what you're looking for, as well as ask me any initial questions you might have about me or my practice. If we seem like a good fit, we can schedule an initial session.

On the Fence About Going to Therapy?

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? You may feel like you and your partner don?t fit the mold of the typical ?couple," and wonder if there is a space for you in therapy. 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. If you are seeking relationship therapy, I look forward to co-creating a space that fits your unique partnership. I welcome all constellations of relationship, including open and poly.

Services I Provide

  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults

Groups I Work With

    Neurodiversity
    Navigating transitions in gender and sexual identity within relationships, including partners of transitioning partnersspouses

Industries & Communities Served

  • BIPOC
  • LGBTQ+

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Body Image
  • Breakup
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Fear
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Stress
  • Women's Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • Depth Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Hakomi
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Somatic Psychotherapy

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