Allie Bowne Schreiner, LMFT
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Allie Bowne Schreiner is an independent licensed marriage and family therapist with over nine years of experience practicing therapy with children, adolescents, adults and families and 20 years of experience working with children and families in various capacities. She works with youth, adults, couples, and families experiencing anxiety, depression, postpartum issues, trauma, adoption challenges, infidelity, family struggles and life transitions. She enjoys working with families and new parents as they navigate the upheaval and joy that children bring.
Allie believes that we are created to be in relationships, and that we are our best when we are fully known, loved, connected and accepted—when we can be our authentic selves in relationship with others. But oftentimes, what we experience in our relationships is hurt and disconnection. Over time, we can tend to respond to these experiences by hiding parts of ourselves, hoping our relationships and emotions will somehow get better. We can feel overwhelmed, hopeless, stuck and lost. It’s not uncommon to feel depressed or anxious, or to seek out unhealthy ways to function that mask the hurt, such as addiction or other self-destructive behaviors. Allie loves to engage her clients, learn their stories, enter into their life experiences and create a space where her clients can safely search for a greater sense of wholeness, authenticity and healing.
Working from an attachment perspective, Allie has witnessed the power of deep, secure attachment relationships, whether in parent-child or romantic relationship, and the fulfillment that these bonds can bring. She also incorporates the concepts of interpersonal neurobiology and intersubjectivity/relational theory in her work. She has found that growth best happens in the context of a safe, nurturing environment with a trusted other. Allie works hard to foster an accepting space where clients have an opportunity to learn about their patterns and different parts of themselves and to find ways to bring about change, healing and restoration.
Allie has been trained in DIR-Floor time therapy and is a proponent of the curative and transformative power of play. She has a certificate in perinatal mental health specializing in working with families and parents struggling with postpartum adjustment. Allie is certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH program for couples—an assessment tool that identifies strengths and potential areas of growth and improvement in relationships, for married and premarital couples. She is currently pursuing additional training in Emotional Focused Therapy for couples.
A native Southern Californian, Allie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UCLA and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Allie spent time abroad in Zimbabwe, working with AIDS orphans and youth, lived in Europe and in northern California, but has always found her way back to Southern California. When she is not working as a therapist, she spends her time exploring the outdoors with her two young children and her husband, trying her best to parent and love with intention and connection.