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Maureen Backman

MA, Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies

MS, Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mena Zaminsky

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A Little About Me

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 gentleness, and have a space to expand, explore, and sometimes, just be. I am trauma sensitive and collaborate with folx to create a therapeutic space that feels grounded, safe, and playful. In this space, parts of us that have been neglected, wounded and rejected have a chance to move, explore, and be seen. I see therapy as form of activism, and invite folx to explore systems of oppression and difference. I have a social and disability justice lens, and welcome neurodiversity.

I have an MS in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. I also spent many years working in animal rescue and animal welfare.

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  • English
I Work With:
  • Activists
  • Artists
  • Highly Sensitive People
  • Interracial/Multiheritage Couples
  • LGBTQI+
  • Marginalized Individuals
  • People of Color (POC)
  • Poly and Open Relationships
  • Sex Workers
  • Women
Types of Therapy I Do
  • Couples Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
My Areas of Focus
  • Adjusting to life in the SF Bay Area
  • Anxiety
  • Autism, 2E+
  • Bipolar
  • Chronic Illness
  • Communication and Boundaries
  • Cultural/Racial/Ethnic Identity Development
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Effects of Privilege and Oppression
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender Questioning and Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Nervous System Regulation
  • Non-ordinary Experience/Consciousness
  • Psychosomatic Illness
  • PTSD
  • Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • Relational Trauma
  • Self Esteem/Self Criticism
  • Sexual Assault/Abuse
  • Social Justice
  • Trauma
  • Women's Issues
  • Perfectionism and People-pleasing
My Treatment Approaches
  • AEDP
  • Attachment
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Gestalt
  • Hakomi
  • Humanistic
  • Mindfulness
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Informed


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