Allan grew up at Belmont, on the shores of Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle NSW.
His life really began in his early twenties when he worked on Aboriginal communities in Central and Northern Australia. Being immersed in another culture challenged him to reflect on himself and his upbringing.
It was the beginning of his forming his own mind.
Allan was a member of a small group of committed activists in the East Kimberly region of Western Australia. The activists were effective and helped the communities score a number of political and economic gains, including considerable increases in Aboriginal ownership of land. However, often these victories did not lead to the hoped for progress.
These experiences were confronting.
The dominant thinking was that the issues faced by the communities, problems such as alcoholism and violence, stemmed from environmental factors such as racism, alienation, poverty and cultural dislocation. If those factors were to disappear, everything would be alright.
Allan came to believe that this was not the case. People were psychologically affected by the traumas they had suffered; limiting their ability to embrace positive change.
Allan returned to Newcastle to complete his BA (Honours) in Sociology. He wrote his thesis on his experiences with the Warmun Aboriginal Community, at Turkey Creek, in the East Kimberley. He gained a First Class Honours, but decided his investigations needed to move from his head to his body, from his mind to his emotions.
This decision led Allan to explore his own inner world through a number of different psychotherapy modalities as he sought the method that best worked for him.
In 1991, he began working as a psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney. He sees his work as an ongoing process of self and professional discovery.
He lives with partner in Sydney’s Inner West. His three children are married and have found employment in various professions.