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: $120 per session for individuals | $180-$200 per session for couples

Telehealth available
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


1750 Francisco Blvd
Pacifica, California 94044

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My Approach to Helping

We heal in relationship - in our relationship to nature, our ancestors, others, and our own bodies. Therapy gives us the chance to be seen and witnessed, and helps us connect more deeply with how we want to be in the world. People who work with me often say they feel my warmth and thoughtfulness, and have a space to expand, explore and - sometimes - just be.

I enjoy helping people find creative ways to explore and express their feelings. In addition to what you might think of when hear the words “talk therapy,” my clients and I also incorporate art, movement, and mindfulness into our sessions. I view my clients and myself as co-collaborators in the therapy process.

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.

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.

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.

Are you offering in-person services? Due to the pandemic, I am seeing folx remotely. I plan to open an in-person office in the Bay Area once regulations allow and it is safe to do so.

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.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

For many years, I worked in animal rescue and animal welfare in the Bay Area. I volunteer with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco, California, and rescue senior dogs. As someone who has loved and lost two senior dogs over the past several years, I understand the pain that comes with losing a companion animal. If your loved one passed over the rainbow bridge, you are not alone. This space will honor your grief and support you in your journey.

Services I Provide

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

Ages I Work With

  • Adults

Industries & Communities Served

  • 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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