about shadow

Shadow Backus is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been helping women, children and parents for over 30 years. She is passionate about working with individuals to support their personal growth, safety, balance, and fulfilment. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, residential treatment, criminal justice, eating disorders clinic, crisis intervention, AODAT, and private practice. Most of Shadow’s sessions include mindfulness practices, psycho-spiritual tools, self-awareness, self-compassion and instinctual interventions drawing from Positive Psychology, CBT, Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Complex Trauma, ADHD/ADD interventions, Neuroscience data, Grief, Commitment and Acceptance Therapy, Borderline Personality treatments, Attachment Theory, Mindful Meditation, Domestic Violence Survival, Anger Management programing, healing after Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, Manipulative and Gaslighting personalities behavioral change techniques, Living with Chronic Pain, Eating and Body Image Recovery, Yoga, Bodywork and more.

Shadow’s ability to empathically listen to others with integrity, clarity, and understanding is among her strongest skills. In a session with Shadow, you will be shown person-centered, solution-focused and strength-based modalities, while experiencing the space of peace. 

Shadow believes it takes tenacity to heal and grit to act in one’s own best interest. She believes we are naturally comprised of intuition and intelligence even in the face of pain, grief and fear.

She hopes her clients take away the following thoughts with them at the close of each session:

  • Life is a journey toward loving myself
  • I am brilliantly capable of taking responsibility for every aspect of my life
  • Above all else, I seek peace in this moment

Shadow is also the author of numerous writings and books. To see more, visit her writing site.

Shadow currently sees clients near Madison, Wisconsin at CLARITY, 2415 Parview Road, Middleton. Schedule an appointment on the Contact Shadow page.

what clients say about shadow

“Shadow validated my child when no one else would. She normalized my daughter’s behaviors, capitalized on her strengths, and advocated for her without hesitation.”

Mom in Madison

“I wasn’t sure about therapy and how it could possibly help. In an indirect way, she helped me see how I effect my wife and how I interpret her actions. Shadow’s respect and belief in me made the difference.”

Mark J.

“Shadow’s openness and sensitivity to what is important to me made me realize my value, purpose, and connection with God.”

Kathrine C.

Find out more by visiting the Innovative Nutrition and Wellness Solutions site.

See Shadow Backus’ profile on the Psychology Today site.


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