Shadow Backus has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1997. She is passionate about working with individuals to support their personal growth. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, residential treatment, criminal justice, and disordered eating/exercise. All three of her degrees and many of her certificates are science-based (for example: Masters of Science in Social Work) thus, research is essential to her methods of practice.
Her therapy includes a variety of personalized interventions drawing from Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral, Internal Family Systems, Certified Complex Trauma methods, Commitment and Acceptance Therapy. She is an authority in Aggressive, Manipulative, Controlling and Gaslighting personalities and behaviors.
Shadow’s ability to convey empathy and understanding while delivering directly and compassionately is among her strongest skills. You can count on her authenticity and honesty regarding your behaviors, thoughts and what it will take for you to get where you want to be in life, all while experiencing the space of peace and presence in her office. Shadow’s sessions offer mindfulness, psycho-education, and spiritual awakening.
Shadow believes it takes tenacity to heal and courage 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. The ability to reframe, pause, and observe without judgement are usually the first tools taught.
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 can experience peace in this moment
Shadow is also the author of numerous writings and books. To see more, and to view her Newsletters visit her writing site.
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.
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