Allie Bowne Schreiner, LMFT
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
Allie Bowne Schreiner is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 13 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, adults and families. Allie believes that we are created to be in relationship with others and that we are our best when we are fully known, loved, connected and accepted—when we can be our authentic selves with others. Allie loves working with all ages and stages, from preschoolers and families, to young people navigating adolescence, to couples yearning to find a way back to each other, to adults making major life transitions. She especially enjoys working with new parents as they navigate the upheaval and joy that children bring.
Allie understands that, despite our yearning for connection, we often experience hurt and disconnection in our relationships. Over time, we can tend to respond 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 fall into unhealthy patterns that mask the hurt. Allie creates a nurturing space to engage with her clients, learn their stories, and enter into their life experiences. She creates a space for her clients to safely search for a greater sense of wholeness, authenticity and healing.
Allie frequently walks with her clients through issues such as anxiety, depression, postpartum issues, trauma, infidelity, family struggles and life transitions. Working from an attachment perspective, Allie has witnessed the power of deep, secure attachment relationships—whether in parent-child or romantic relationships—and the fulfillment that these bonds can bring. She also incorporates the concepts of interpersonal neurobiology and intersubjectivity/relational theory in her work. Allie strives to foster an accepting space where clients have an opportunity to learn about their patterns and the different parts of themselves and to find ways to bring about change, healing and restoration.
Allie brings specialized expertise to her work with children. She has been trained in DIR-Floor time therapy, child-centered play therapy and is a proponent of the curative and transformative power of play. She also has a certificate in Perinatal Mental Health, specializing in working with families and parents struggling with postpartum adjustment. Allie has completed advanced training in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy and uses this lens, grounded in attachment theory, as she works with partners seeking deeper connection. She is certified in the PREPARE/ENRICH program—an assessment tool that identifies strengths and potential areas of growth and improvement in relationships for married and premarital couples.
Allie is a Southern California native. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UCLA and her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. She has a total of over 20 years of experience working with children and families in various capacities. Allie spent time abroad in Zimbabwe, working with AIDS orphans and youth, and has lived in France, the Netherlands and northern California, but has always found her way back to southern California. Allie spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her two young children, husband and dog, trying her best to parent and love with intention and connection.