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, women, families, and their circles of community through engaged, strength-based programs.

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

Therapy Services and Assessment

Dr. Melissa Johnson, CEO and Founder

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 or your daughter to heal and reach goals.

Our wide range of Therapy Services are listed on the right. Curious about the process of getting started in therapy? Check out our guide!

Learn more about our Community Education and Professional Training.

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

Summer Virtual Camps and Workshops

Join us this summer for virtual camps, workshops and therapy groups for all ages!

We were excited to design virtual programs to keep girls, teens, young adults and parents connected, engaged and inspired.  Reach out with questions – registration is open now!

Racial Justice Resources

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all who are working – past, present and future – to end systemic racism and racial injustice here and around the world. We’re also doing our own work of listening, relearning and taking action. Read our current Racial Justice Solidarity Statement

We would like to shine the light on some of the incredible organizations that are educating and equipping people to act for systemic change and racial justice. We’re grateful to these organizations and resources.

Online Therapy During the Coronavirus Crisis
Online Therapy During the Coronavirus Crisis

We’re working with clients, both individually and in groups, via online therapy during the coronavirus crisis.  Learn how online therapy works and get expert tips from our therapists!

Review our recommended resources to promote resilience and make the most of time at home.

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