Allan, Robert

Robert Allan PhD, LMFT, LPC

Associate Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development


Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

I am a Canadian who came to working with people more directly in counseling after twenty years of community-based work and developing a keen understanding of the impact of various stressors and community factors that can affect our lives. As my clinical practice evolved, I was drawn to 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 challenges. My work with families and couples lead me to an interest in attachment-based approaches. While I am trained and have a keen interest in attachment-based clinical approaches, my clinical and research work retains the social environment as part of understanding how challenges develop and how best to work with them. I am also an ICEEFT certified therapist, supervisor, and trainer.

Seeking Participants: Emotion in treatment for depression and anxiety study

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)