Luke R. Allen, MA, Ph.D.

Growth and change occur when we are open and true to ourselves, and through talking to others.

I aim to create an environment that is respectful, supportive, and collaborative. My approach to therapy is primarily based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). A core idea in ACT is that trying too hard to get rid of or control our emotions tends to backfire. Thus, instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts, feelings, or emotions, I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a meaningful and fulfilling life based on what’s important to you. This type of approach places your values at the center of therapy. Using your values and existing strengths as a foundation, we will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns –whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, grief/loss, job or academic stress, or gender and sexuality.

My experience as a researcher as well as my background in philosophy has taught me to value evidence-based practice. As a clinician, I respect the time you invest in therapy and I want to help ensure you are getting what you need. For this reason, we will incorporate ways to systematically track your progress in treatment, so that we can know if the therapy is really working or whether we need to make changes to make things go better.

I have extensive training in working with transgender and gender diverse adults, youth, and families. Transgender clients and family members seeking assessment or counseling services can expect a safe space, and respectful, non-pathologizing, collaborative care. If you are looking for someone to work with (for you or a child) regarding gender identity and exploration, I can provide education, support, preparation, and, if indicated, reports/letters for child and teen gender support, pubertal suppression, hormone therapy, surgery, safe passage/travel, and transitioning in school or work settings.


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Treatment Approach

Orientation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Modalities: Individuals, Groups, Family work with transgender and gender diverse children and teens

Client Focus

Ages:
Adults; Transgender and gender diverse children, teens, and their families
Special Populations:
LGBTQIA+ Affirmative Therapy
College Student Mental Health

Qualifications

Practicing Since: 2012
Degree: MA Counseling and Guidance; Ph.D. Counseling Psychology
Year Graduated: 2015 (MA), 2020 (Ph.D.)
License Number and State:
OREGON: Psychologist Resident. Primary Supervisor: Dr. Brian Pilecki, Licensed Psychologist (OR #3144)
OREGON: Licensed Professional Counselor: C5877
MISSOURI: Licensed Professional Counselor: #2017041282

Specialties

  • Gender and sexual health
  • Transgender health
  • Body image and eating concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personal growth/values clarification
  • Psychedelics

Financial

Average Cost: $25 – $115
Accepted Insurance Plans: I can accept most insurance plans as an out-of-network provider.

How I Can Help

I primarily provide one-on-one therapy. I also provide services to transgender youth and their families on matters related to gender identity and exploration. If you feel like you may be a good fit, feel free to call or submit an online message. I will follow-up with you for a brief (5-10 minute) phone screen where I can also answer any questions you might have.
Email Address: lallen@portlandpsychotherapy.com
Phone: (503) 281-4852 ext. 221

To contact me, call me at 503-281-4852 x221, or use the confidential contact form below.

What Makes Us Unique

Portland Psychotherapy is a clinic, research & training center with a unique business model that funds scientific research. This results in a team of therapists who are exceptionally well-trained and knowledgeable about their areas of specialty.