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Allan, Robert

Robert Allan PhD, LMFT, LPC

Associate Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development

I am a Canadian who came to working with people more directly in therapy after twenty years of community-based HIV work. During those twenty years I developed a keen understanding of the impact of various stressors such as minority stress and racial stressors, and the community factors that can affect our lives. As my clinical practice evolved, I was drawn to attachment-based, emotionally driven, and systemic approaches to working with people. This was a natural evolution from my community work where we drew on a range of health promotion and population health models for working with health and social justice challenges. My work with individuals, relationships, and families remains a part of my life as I continue in private practice. I train people in Emotionally Focused Therapy as the Director of the Colorado Center for EFT. My research explores various aspects of EFT and therapist learning and development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Couple counseling/therapy
  • Counselor/therapy supervision
  • Minority stress
  • Evidence-based practices

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • BA, Queen's University
  • MEd., Acadia University
  • PhD, Dalhousie University
  • ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Trainer, Supervisor, and Therapist
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor



  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
  • American Counseling Association
    • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
    • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Psychological Association
    • Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29)
    • Society for Family Psychology (Division 43)
    • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (Division 44)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • International Family Therapy Association (IFTA)

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