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Selena Backman

Registered Psychologist - Individual, Couples, Family


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Selena wants to acknowledge her office is located in Treaty 7 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani and Siksika as well as the Tsuu T’ina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation. She acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland. She also acknowledges the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. She is grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. She makes this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory she works on. 


Selena (she/her) is of Settler and Mi’kmaq ancestry. Her goal in the counselling process is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and collaborative space for clients to identify and explore concerns, and believes that it is important to explore all aspects of an individual’s life, and their environment, to best understand and support their concerns. 


Selena believes each client has the capacity to heal and move towards personal growth, which can be done by drawing on clients' unique strengths, and resources, and that in order for change to be meaningful and lasting, it must be holistic. She draws from a trauma-informed, multimodal approach, specifically using an understanding of the value of engaging somatically, experientially, and relationally, to increase awareness and understanding, and help support change through helping others to find, accept and embody their most authentic selves and lives. She takes an integrated and holistic therapeutic approach with clients, tailoring her approach based on the unique needs of each client.


Selena has been engaged in the helping field since 2007, initially as a volunteer victim service advocate, then later as a youth and family counsellor, crisis counsellor, as well as a family support worker, before registering as a psychologist in 2015.  Selena has experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups from various cultural backgrounds in many different settings. She has counselled people with addictions, trauma, grief/loss concerns, and mood issues (anxiety/depression/anger), as well as relational, parenting, weight management, life transitions, and stress management, concerns.


As a practicing psychologist Selena has worked in the areas of correctional mental health, including at an indigenous healing lodge, as well as within organizations focused on grief and loss and weight management, as well as supporting a variety of concerns within her private practice, which she established in 2017. Selena has also facilitated mental health group counselling and support groups, at various locations and  has volunteered as a counsellor at a not-for-profit, providing walk-in, single session counselling for those with limited incomes. 


Selena has a passion for promoting indigenous health and culture, as well as a special interest in women’s health and wellness across their lifetime, especially through life transitions. She has completed numerous professional development courses that focus on how to best support these two areas of focus. Specifically indigenous courses related to mental health, history, and decolonization of support, as well as a number of trainings and reading related to women’s health, from a feminist perspective, as well as training specifically related to perinatal and post-natal mental health, as well as parental health and wellness. 


Qualifications and training: 


Selena has a Masters of Counselling, in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University and is registered in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. 


She is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Buddhist Psychology and Contemporary Gestalt Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, SMART Recovery Program, as well as Comprehensive Bereavement Skills Training. She has also taken training in Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Therapeutic strategies, Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples, Complex Trauma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy coaching and skills. Presently, she is enrolled in Somatic Soul-based Trauma Training. 


Additionally she has attended training to work with at-risk adolescents, child abuse, domestic violence, and as well as sexual assault. She has also taken several courses related to suicide risk, assessment and intervention. 



Selena Backman

Registered Psychologist

Individuals, Couples, Family


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