About Allan Pleaner

Allan’s therapy style blends a playful, humorous and lighthearted approach with empathy, caring, respect, depth  and patience. A pervasive thread is the assumption that  people are constantly seeking meaning and purpose in their lives and that values and choice play a central role.

Further, that more than anything in the world, all human beings want to be loved and cared for, to feel validated and valued as well as live passionate and fulfilling lives.

With deep roots in Mindfulness-based approaches,  Allan’s work is richly eclectic, integrating several research-based approaches including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), EFT (Emotionally focused therapy) and DBT (Dialectical behavior therapy), Neuroscience-Attachment theory, Psychodynamic and Transpersonal approaches.

These strands weave together, supporting a climate which gently catalyzes transformation and change. This might include increasing meaning, joy and purpose in one’s life or increasing fulfillment, passion and resiliance  in relationships.


Allan has worked on different continents, has worked in the education and therapy field and taught relationship and communication skills for over twenty five years, sharing the journey of hundreds of individuals and couples.

Passionate Optimism

Perhaps most important is the passionate optimism which he brings to his work – the idea that people can transform their lives, that healing is a constant and inseparable aspect of being alive and that relationships can be strengthened and  transformed in powerful ways.

Licensed Psychotherapist

He is a licensed psychotherapist with offices in San Francisco, Daly City and Burlingame and runs workshops, coaching and trainings for individuals and couples in the Bay Area.


I am inspired by numerous thinkers, clinicians, researchers and approaches including Mindfulness-based approaches, Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior therapy (DBT), Attachment-neuroscience theory, Psychodynamic and Transpersonal approaches and Gottman Couples therapy.

I deeply appreciate my teachers: Jack Kornfield, Daniel Goleman, Norman Fischer, the late Rabbi Alan Lew, John Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli have all been invaluable in opening me to the fullness, spaciousness and emptiness of silence as well providing for me occasional glimpses of essential wholeness of being human.

Also John and Julie Gottman, Steven Hales, Russ Harris, Ellen & Peter Bader, Daniel Wiles, Jim Bugental, Sue Johnson and Les Greenburg, Marsha Linehan and Tom Marra who gave me the tools to do what I so love doing, the art and craft of therapy.

Finally, perhaps my greatest inspiration has been the courage, resiliance and determination of the hundreds of  individuals and couples, from so many different cultures and walks of life, moving courageously through their lives and with whom I’ve worked these past twenty seven years. You have been without doubt, my greatest teachers.


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