The School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy welcomes Melissa Symington as assistant professor of marriage and family therapy. Dr. Symington earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology and her MA in Theology from Fuller in 2004. In addition, she holds an MA in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Whitworth University. Her clinical training, practice, and interests include mindfulness, integrated psychotherapy, neuroscience, psychological assessment, and sex therapy. Her therapeutic work includes treating sexual and relational issues with adult individuals and couples, anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and grief and loss.
Outside of her private practice, Symington is a conference speaker, presenter, writer, and curriculum co-creator. She has served as an adjunct professor in Fuller’s Marriage and Family Therapy program since 2018. She brings her unique clinical experience as a sex therapist; a passion for teaching, training, and equipping therapists and leaders; and a heart for integration and interdisciplinary connections to the Marriage and Family program and the broader Fuller community.