At S.M. Backus psychotherapy, we offer a range of services for LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with Military experiences, gaslighting/narcissist-empath/sensitive relationship, adolescents, children, women, parents and families. It is helpful if clients have a curiosity and openness to see themselves without judgement. Though Shadow will never sell you an idea, she will strongly advocate for your best self to come forth and to boldly unearth darkness and suffering for your freedom and peace. For more information on how much it will cost, see our Rates page.


These are one-on-one talk-therapy sessions with Shadow, a licensed mental health professional, starting with a 50- or 80-minute Intake Session. Subsequent sessions (an an Informal Intake Session) are 50 minutes and designed to identify and support each of your next steps in leading a healthy, balanced life and being willing to express your bigness. Sessions prioritize peace of mind.

It is helpful if are ready, willing, and able and feel safe enough in your life so that we can look at dark and embarrassing places with compassion. At the start of each session, you will be asked to bring up an experience/thought/feeling you’d like to “look at”. You will discuss a couple of topics with candor and observation. In addition, it is helpful if you then, put into practice what you and Shadow discuss. With these steps, you will experience fast results in the areas of healing, mental focus and personal/spiritual development.

group therapy

Groups sessions are usually 60 minutes. The groups have yoga/movement incorporated into group talk and sharing that cover a range of topics such as body image and self-esteem and we discuss how our self-talk and experiences relate to us surviving, thriving and taking on what’s next in your lives.

Group interactions is important for communication skills, intimacy and for support. It’s often therapeutic to be in connection with others in the honest struggle, difficult thoughts and range of emotions as we navigate the complexities of life and relationships.

Shadow leads with compassion and directness while being grounded, open, experienced and always encourages choice.

charities to which we contribute

CLARITY Energy Work Education

Charity Water

Creating a Peaceful World

National Association of Social Workers

National Organization for Rare Disorders

free 15-min check-ins

A check-in is designed to allow you a quick phone contact with Shadow to remember coping skills, reaffirm your greatness and connection with higher self, or to reframe and accept triggers after an event and provide an honest re-interpretation of your intentions and actions.

experiential therapy — using body work and/or yoga

Shadow will guide you through yoga poses or use energetic body work to move energy and heal while participating in traditional talk-psychotherapy. This is done after completing a traditional psychotherapy intake and when both you and Shadow agree it may be a beneficial method of treatment.


Before starting my healing journey with Shadow, I was in the midst of what you might characterize as an existential crisis. Shadow’s trauma-informed, strengths-based, and spiritual approach to therapy helped me connect with and utilize the tools I already had inside me to make some critical decisions about my life. Shadow empowers her clients to reach gently (not aggressively) into their hearts and souls for the keys to self-love and self-efficacy. -R.H.

To schedule time with Shadow, go to her Contact page or use this link.

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