Deb Allen, M.A., LPC




M.A., Counseling Psychology

Deb Allen, M.A., LPC

I found my way to entering a graduate program in counseling through a dream, awakening one morning with a clear vision of working on a college campus with students. It was a turning point, a defining moment in my life, and a natural shift. Prior to that time, I’d worked as a counselor/educator at Durango’s Planned Parenthood clinic. I learned in that role what it means to be together as humans as we encounter crises and crossroads in life. 

I believe in the journey. Our paths are more winding than straight, with detours and dead-ends as well as times of clarity.  My own life has been such a journey… 

And I’m moved by forming real human connection, walking alongside others who are journeying forth.  

I completed my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology through the University of Colorado at Denver in 2000, and was licensed as a professional counselor in July, 2003. 

The strong interest that drew me to working for Planned Parenthood years ago, sitting with people as they look at their lives and choices, and supporting them in that process, remains central in my focus today. I incorporate various therapies to assist individuals in working both on self-acceptance and on the growth they seek. I’ve studied approaches for working with trauma, most recently being trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming).    

My husband, Bob, and I feel grateful every day to call Durango our home, soaking up southwest landscapes and culture. Cycling, skiing, hiking, yoga, music, camping and playing with friends and family are passions. We have two grown children, and treasure our expanding family which now includes grandchildren. 

The journey continues.