Peter Allen

LPC, Integrated Care Supervisor - Madras Office


Peter Allen has worked in mental health since 2006, in a wide variety of settings. His work in the profession began in a wilderness therapy setting, working with at-risk adolescents and young adults. After that, he worked for several years in a secure psychiatric facility with clients who have severe and persistent mental illnesses. He has experience working in a therapeutic boarding school for adolescents, and spent some time working for Deschutes County’s Community Support Services team. Peter has spent the last few years of his career working with mostly young adults, when he was the Program Director of a transitional living program. In his private practice, Peter treated clients of all ages. As the Integrated Care Supervisor of the Brightways Madras office, he utilizes a personal, empathic approach in therapy, and believes that all of his clients possess the power to heal themselves and improve their lives. He views himself principally as an ally and an advocate for his clients. Peter has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and substance abuse, relationship issues, anger management issues, and trauma.

Peter enjoys reminding people that the word “psychotherapy” comes from two Greek words,
psychḗ, which means “spirit” or “soul,” and therapeía, which means “healing.” And so, psychotherapy means “healing the soul.” Peter keeps this in mind when working with all of his clients.

Peter’s other passions include music, woodworking, writing, and spending time with pitbull/catahoula mix, Rosie. Peter is a regular contributor to Counseling Today, a monthly magazine published by the American Counseling Association and has also been published in as well. See below for links to some of Peter’s publications.


Countertransference: How are we doing?

Technique without soul is dead

Examining our assumptions about emerging adulthood

A woodworker’s perspective on the journey of counseling

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