Melissa L. Zwart, M.S., M.A., LMFT

Director, MFT Program (Orange County)
Assistant Professor, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

Phone: (714) 935-0260
Fax: (714) 935-0356
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Melissa L. Zwart has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since October 2003, and is in private practice with offices in Chino and Orange, California. Melissa specializes in trauma work with troubled teens, children, and pastors’ families, but her practice includes individual and couple therapy as well. Melissa’s approach to understanding pathology and healing comes from an object relations/attachment perspective. She has specialized training in play therapy, relational hypnosis, EMDR, and Splankna therapy. In addition to direct clinical work with clients, Zwart has a passion to train up quality, competent therapists and therefore has served as supervisor in individual and group settings. Melissa also enjoys teaching through Azusa Pacific University, where her vast experience can aid students in their developmental process of becoming the clinicians God has called them to be. Additionally, Zwart is the director of training for APU’s Orange County Regional Center. It has been her honor to serve God and partner with Him in a variety of capacities to further the Kingdom for His glory!


  • M.A., Theology (with an emphasis in Youth and Family Ministries), Fuller Theological Seminary (2004)
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy (with an emphasis in Child and Adolescent Therapy), Fuller Theological Seminary (1999)


  • Splankna Therapy (Spring 2013)
  • EMDR Training (Spring 2011)
  • Hypnotherapy (December 2007)
  • Prepare/Enrich (2004)
  • Play Therapy (2003)
  • Professional License as a Marriage, Family, and Child Counselor (October 2003)

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

Courses Taught

  • PPSY 525 – Crisis and Trauma in Community Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
  • PPSY 557 – Marriage Therapy
  • PPSY 561 – Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PPSY 580 – Introduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills
  • PPSY 581 – Introduction to Clinical Practice: Advanced Skills
  • PPSY 592 – Intro to Clinical Placement
  • PPSY 593 – Clinical Consultation