Empowering girls and women for life.
  • Therapy and educational services for today’s girls, women, families and professionals

    Welcome to the Institute for Girls’ Development!

    We are dedicated to empowering girls, women, families, and their circles of community through engaged, strength-based programs. Our services include educational workshops for girls and parents, professional trainings for educators, mental health professionals, and others, as well as a wide range of therapeutic services. To learn more about our educational workshops for girls and parents or our Training Institute for professionals, visit our Education link above or in the main menu under Services.

    Therapy and Assessment: Our expert clinicians offer caring and comprehensive therapy for girls, women, and families. We draw on research-based, relational approaches that have been found to help. Individual, family and group therapy options are designed to restore zest, encourage meaningful connections and foster skills for hardiness, mindfulness and authenticity. We collaborate with you to determine the best methods to assist you and/or your daughter to heal and reach goals. We work with girls from 0 on up into adulthood. The box (right) lists our range of programs. Explore our site to learn more — or call us at 626.585.8075, ext 108.

  • Fun workshops and professional training
    Mind, Body, Spirit, Friendship Adventures

    Looking for an activity that can help your daughter build skills and have fun? Want to do some of your own personal growth through an educational workshop? Are you a professional seeking ways to stay up-to-date on practices for helping girls thrive?

    About our Workshops: Sign up now for empowering workshops for girls, teens and parents! You can register through our online store for one of our summer workshops.

    About Our Training Institute: Our Training Institute is part of our initiative to share expertise with fellow professionals in mental health, education, and organizations serving girls and women. We offer engaging, effective trainings covering a range of topics — including continuing education programs available for mental health professionals. You can register online for our summer educator training, Hardiness Zones for Girls: Best Practices for Helping Girls Thrive In and After School.

  • Shop our new online store for insightful products and great gifts!


    The Institute is pleased to announce the addition of our NEW store featuring unique gifts and accessories as well as a convenient place to register and pay for workshops and training courses. Visit us often as we grow our product line in the months to come!

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  • Come visit our all new site – just for girls!

    For Girls Only

    .“For Girls Only” is the Institute’s own safe and resourceful website specifically designed for girls 6 to 19 (and parents of girls 3 to 5). Divided into age groups of 3-5, 6-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-19, “For Girls Only” provides empowering, age-appropriate articles and activities for girls to read, learn, explore and have fun! Newly re-designed for 2013, the “For Girls Only” website will open to the public later this summer. Check back to this site periodically for a link to our exciting new site for girls — we look forward to having you!


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Fall & Spring Workshops

Our upcoming fall 2014 workshops are all about providing parents and caregivers with practical tools and great information in a warm, fun, supportive setting. Check out Princesses vs. Superheroes: Navigating Gender Expectations in Early Childhood with Dr. Vicki Chiang, and Homework without Hassle, presented by internationally renowned expert on the learning and behavior of children, Noël Janis-Norton. Also, catch the early-bird special for Mindful Parenting Series coming up in spring 2015!


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Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Many teens struggle with intense emotions. Along with overwhelming feelings, teens may experience symptoms and behaviors that are worrisome: panic attacks; tearful, angry outbursts; self-injury; suicidal thoughts. They may have difficulty focusing on school or maintaining meaningful relationships. DBT therapy is a research-based approach that has been found to help teens build skills to effectively deal with strong feelings and relationship challenges. Our DBT program provides individual, group, and family therapies, as well as skills coaching.


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Training Institute

Our Training Institute provides empowering, informative, and practical programs for mental health professionals, school counselors, educators, youth program leaders and mentors. Plan to register for next summer’s Hardiness Zones for Girls: Best Practices to Help Girls Thrive In and Out of School. Dr. Melissa Johnson, Institute founder and popular speaker, will be presenting on “Self-Compassion: Research-based Interventions for Girls and Young Women.” This training for mental health professionals is offered through Adolescent and Young Adult Resource Network (AYARN).


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