Dr. Melissa Johnson

Licensed Psychologist,
Institute for Girls' Development
95 N. Marengo Ave, Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91101

Melissa J. Johnson, Ph.D., licensed psychologist (PSY 13102), is the founder & CEO of the Institute for Girls' Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert on child and teen development with a Masters in Education and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute, Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, comprehensive individualized assessment, inspiring educational programs, and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience, mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social & emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson has been recognized by the state of California as an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. The Junior League of Pasadena named Dr. Johnson as their 2012 honoree for her contributions to the Pasadena community. Dr. Johnson is former Interim Chair of the Masters Programs in Counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verne and the University of Southern California. Dr. Johnson is a welcomed regional and national speaker. Her peer reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

Contact Dr. Johnson to learn more about comprehensive assessment and therapy services at the Institute, or to discuss speaking, training and consultation services available for you or your school or organization.


Academic Underachievement, Anxiety or Fears, Behavioral Issues, Child or Adolescent, Chronic Pain or Illness, Coping Skills, Depression, Developmental Disorders, Eating Disorders, Emotional Disturbance, Family Conflict, Gay Issues, Infertility, Learning Disabilities, Lesbian Issues, Loss or Grief, Mood Disorders, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Teen Violence, Testing and Evaluation, Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Orientation

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Family Systems Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Play Therapy, Psychological Testing and Evaluation, Relational Therapy
Also: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)


PSY 13102

Treatment Modality

Couples, Family, Group, Individuals

Age Specialty

Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6), Children (6 to 10), Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13), Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19), Adults




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