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Melissa Zwart

Marriage and Family Therapy Director of Clinical Training

BA, Azusa Pacific University
MAT, Fuller Theological Seminary
MSMFT, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

FI510A: Integration Formation Group

FT514: Family Therapy Theory

FT520: Child and Adolescent Therapy

Areas of Expertise

Children, family, marriage, parenting, trauma, foster/adoption, spiritual integration, development


Melissa Zwart joined Fuller in 2022 as the Marriage and Family Therapy Director of Clinical Training for Pasadena. Prior to coming to Fuller, she spent the nine years at Azusa Pacific University, serving as an assistant professor, MFT program director, and director of clinical training for their Orange County campus. An alum of Fuller’s MSMFT and MAT programs, she also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University.

Her special interests include matters related to child abuse/trauma, attachment, issues related to adoption, neuropsychosocial development of adolescents, identity formation, and parenting. She has a strong passion for ministry and spiritual integration both in clinical practice and in academia. Zwart feels called to shepherd, support, and equip students through their developmental journey as they navigate their MFT education.

Her clinical experience extends to working alongside a local police department, providing assessment and treatment at a college/community counseling center, and helping foster children. She has experience in providing therapeutic intervention for at-risk youth in a community mental health facility and has spent 12 years working at a Christian counseling agency supporting ministry leaders and congregants within the local church. She maintains a Certificate in Play Therapy from the University of California San Diego and is trained in relational hypnosis, Gottman and EFT Level 1 and 2 Couples Therapy, EMDR, and Splankna therapy. 

Zwart maintains a small private practice in Chino, California, where she specializes in work with children/adolescents, family therapy, and ministry leaders.