BE BRAVE.
BE CREATIVE.
BE KIND.
BE HAPPY.
BE YOU.
Individual therapy
for girls, teens &
young women
WITH
BRAVE WINGS,
SHE FLIES.
TOGETHER
WE
SHINE.
Therapy groups
YOU ARE
MY GREATEST
ADVENTURE.
Family therapy
I BELIEVE
IN THE WOMAN
I WANT
TO BECOME.
Workshops
TEACHING
IS THE
GREATEST ACT
OF OPTIMISM.
School programs and
professional training
GIRLS WITH
DREAMS & GRIT
BECOME WOMEN
WITH VISION.
Programs for teens &
young women
GOT GRIT? Therapy groups
designed to build
resilience, confidence
& compassion

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.

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.

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 Intake@IFGD.care.   

Learn more about getting started in therapy.

Dynamic Summer Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults! 

This summer, build confidence, camaraderie, and connection through our engaging therapy groups!

In addition to our popular year-round groups, we’re offering Creative Connections Camp, Be Body Positive, Beautiful Shades for teens of color, Walk and Talk, Explore your Path and Inner Journey Circle for young adults!   Learn more about our summer offerings!

Online Therapy During the Coronavirus Crisis
Online Therapy with Some In-Person Availability

Most of our clients are currently meeting with our therapists over tele-health, which offers convenience and risk-free interaction. Learn how online therapy works.

In some cases when clinically warranted, we can offer in-person therapy following CDC and local health department guidelines.  If you’re considering in-person services, you’ll discuss the clinical considerations with your family’s therapist and make a decision together. Learn our Covid-19 protocols for in-person sessions.

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