Dr. Gregory E. Allen, LMFT, Family Counseling, Inc.
Dr. Gregory Allen, LMFT, Owner
336 Tejon Place in Palos Verdes Estates | 2200 PCH, Suite 306 in Hermosa Beach | 310-378-9005 | drgregallen.com
Dr. Gregory E. Allen, Family Counseling, Inc. is a group practice that offers assistance to individuals, teens, couples, parents and marriages. They operate the Changes Substance Abuse Program, based in Hermosa Beach, for preteens, teens and their parents. Owner Dr. Allen is an expert in substance abuse prevention and intervention, in practice for 29 years. He has directed the Thelma McMillen Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and the UCLA/Matrix Institute Integrated Substance Abuse Adult and Adolescent Programs. He provides sports psychology services to youth, college and professional athletes and has been a special advisor to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. A resident of the South Bay area since he was 11 years old, Dr. Allen has been married to Christine for 31 years, and they have four kids.
What would you like potential patients to know about you?
“We’re sincere in our efforts to support you in your struggles. I work collaboratively with your strengths and motivation to help you learn new skills and change.”
What’s one trend that is defining your specialty today?
“Preventing and treating teens with substance abuse issues and improving the parent-teen relationship, as well as supporting adults and their family members struggling with addiction. There is a real challenge to our young people’s future from the alcohol and drug use that is part of our community.”
Tell us about the staff at your practice.
“We have a excellent staff with expertise and experience with a variety of areas. They are Erin Foster, Ed.D. (Cand), LMFT, Jamie Hayworth-Chin, LMFT and Joan Chapman, MFTI.”
How do you give back to your community?
“I founded and direct Freedom4U, a youth non-profit organization in the South Bay (freedomcommunity.com). We provide programs for youth and their families in creative arts, life skills, leadership and service. It is very gratifying to see young people grow in their abilities and gain confidence as leaders of others. We also provide school-based counseling services at South Bay public schools for at-risk students. We’ve had much success in guiding youth in a healthy direction as well as preventing serious problems from happening.”