Dan Allender, PhD

Dr. Dan Allender has pioneered a unique and innovative approach to trauma and abuse therapy over the past 30 years. After receiving his Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Allender earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University. He previously taught in the Biblical Counseling department of Grace Theological Seminary and the MA in Biblical Counseling program at Colorado Christian University in Denver. In 1997, Dan and a cadre of others founded The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, in order to train therapists, pastors, artists, and leaders to more effectively serve in the context of the 21st century. Dan served as President of The Seattle School from 2002-2009.

Dan continues to serve as Professor of Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School. He travels and speaks extensively to present his unique perspective on sexual abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, intimacy and marriage, worship, and other related topics. Dan is also the author of several groundbreaking books, and he hosts The Allender Center’s weekly podcast, with more than 1 million downloads since 2014.

Dan and his wife, Becky Allender, live on Bainbridge Island, where they enjoy time with their grandchildren and their three adult children, Annie, Amanda, and Andrew.


You can find all of Dan’s books and workbooks here. To read more of his writing, check out Dan’s author pages on The Allender Center blog, the Intersections blog at The Seattle School, and The Other Journal.