About the Therapist: 

Gina Kanagawa Schwartz, L.M.F.T., A.T.R.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state, and have been registered as an Art Therapist since 2008. I have worked with children, teens, and families since 2005 in both clinical, and educational settings. I have experience working with clients, both individually and in groups, who suffer from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, grief, trauma, learning difficulties, and developmental disabilities. I have extensively worked with youth on the Autistic spectrum, and provided social skills, emotional and behavioral regulation, and life skills training, in addition to providing regular support to their parents and families. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy that is tailored to the needs of the individual client or family system in my office, and generally combine art therapy techniques with DBT, play, psychodynamic theories (including object relations and attachment), and Rogerian Client-Centered Therapy. Within the therapeutic relationship, I draw upon a wide variety of clinically-based tools, especially humankind’s innate creativity, to assist clients in practicing more mindful, and authentic ways of connecting with others at home, and in the world at large.

Approach to Counseling​: I believe that meaningful connection with others and the willingness to communicate our personal truths
in an authentic way are essential to our general emotional wellbeing and happiness in life. There are many possible factors at play that
can disrupt our ability to be fully present and represent our authentic selves within our personal relationships with others, whether it be
shame or trauma experienced in childhood, overburdened schedules, developmental limitations, lack of positive role models or
resources (just to name a few of the possibilities). Therefore, for me, therapy becomes a collaborative process about learning and
practicing new ways of getting in touch with our internal experiences, then finding the bravery and personal strength to communicate
those truths as a vehicle for facilitating more mindful, and deeply gratifying relationships with others, especially with those closest to us.
To accomplish this, I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy that is grounded in Psychodynamic approaches, especially Object Relations
and Attachment theories, combined with tenets of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Rogerian Client-Centered Therapy, and
solution-oriented therapies.
Education and Training​: I received my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, and my Master of
Arts (M.A.) in Marital & Family Therapy in Los Angeles. The master’s program I attended was unique in that it combined the study of
family systems and relationships with a focus on Clinical Art Therapy. Coursework also included psychotherapy for children,
adolescents and adults, general approaches to family and couples therapy, cross-cultural considerations in therapy, and group therapy
dynamics. My postgraduate training and work experience has focused 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington state, and have been registered as an Art Therapist since 2008. I have worked with children, teens, and families since 2005 in both clinical, and educational settings.

I have experience working with clients, both individually and in groups, who suffer from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, grief, trauma, learning difficulties, and developmental disabilities. I have extensively worked with youth on the Autistic spectrum, and provided social skills, emotional and behavioral regulation, and life skills training, in addition to providing regular support to their parents and families. 

I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy that is tailored to the needs of the individual client or family system in my office, and generally combine art therapy techniques with DBT, play, psychodynamic theories (including object relations and attachment), and Rogerian Client-Centered Therapy. Within the therapeutic relationship, I draw upon a wide variety of clinically-based tools, especially humankind’s innate creativity, to assist clients in practicing more mindful, and authentic ways of connecting with others at home, and in the world at large.