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Welcome to the Institute for Girls’ Development!

Established in 2004, the Institute is dedicated to empowering girls, teens, adults, gender-expansive individuals, families, and their circles of community through engaged, culturally responsive, strength-based programs.

We collaborate with you to determine the best methods to assist you or your daughter or teen to heal and reach goals.

Our CEO and founder, Dr. Melissa J. Johnson sums it up wonderfully by saying, ” We work on the individual, relational and societal levels to support change. Empowering individuals of all ages to find their authentic voice and zest for life in a more just world is the most meaningful work we can do!”

We welcome you to explore our site or call us at 626-585-8075 ext 108.

Mental Health Professionals and Educators, register now for our Oct. 20 Open House & Networking Event!

Our Approach

We offer therapy and assessment, community education workshops and events for girls and parents, and professional training for educators and mental health professionals.

Welcome to the Institute for Girls’ Development!

Give Us a Call to Learn More

Considering therapy for your child or teen – or yourself?  We’re here for you, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have!  

The first step is simply touching base with our Intake Team.  A member of the team will chat with you about your questions, goals and needs –  no cost, no commitment.  Give our Intake Team a call at 626-585-8075 ext. 108 or email at   

Learn more about getting started in therapy.

Summer Camps and Groups

Dynamic Group Workshops and Parent Ed Talks

Do you lead a school group, volunteer group or Girl Scout troop? Consider bringing your group to the Institute for a fun, skill-building Friday workshop for grades 3 – 8!  Options include our Friendship Rally, Get Social Media Savvy, Stress Less and Feel your Best and Positively You.


Looking for a speaker to address your school’s parent community? Learn about our team’s popular Parent Ed talks!

My Child or Teen is Anxious! What Should I Do?!?

Parents frequently ask us, “Is my child or teen anxious? And, what should I do about it?” In our post-pandemic world, increased anxiety is a real thing! And it impacts children, teens and adults.

In this informative and empowering free webinar, Dr. Melissa Johnson and Dr. Allyson Self-Stoico will share parenting strategies to support children and teens.

Join us for a Free Lunch-and-Learn Parenting Webinar on Wednesday, 9/20 @ 12pm PT.

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