Melissa Johari, M.S.W., R.S.W.

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Congratulations on taking the first step of your journey! Finding the right therapist is not easy. I hope to give you enough information here to determine if we would be a good fit.
Who do I work with? 
  • Couples
  • Individuals
  • Children
  • Youth 
  • Families
  • Professionals seeking supervision
Would you like to resolve the negative cycle that you and your partner are in? I can help.
Do you need premarital counselling?  I can help.
Are you feeling overwhelmed? depressed/anxious? stressed? I can help.
Would you like to have stronger and healthier relationships with your children? I can help.
Are you struggling with your teen?  I can help.  
Are you having trouble navigating a difficult family transition?  I can help.  
Are you a Social Worker or Psychotherapist who needs clinical supervision?  I can help.  
What is my area of specialty?
I specialize in couples, and although I work with couples at any stage of their relationship, my subspecialty is premarital counselling.  
For more details on how I offer premarital counselling, please see my website and blog: 
I also have both personal and professional experience in fertility issues.  I have worked with many couples over the years who have faced infidelity, separation, divorce, co-parenting, sex, money, and trust issues.    
Where do I offer services? 
I have two offices to serve you.  One is in a warm and welcoming wellness centre, above the Jane subway station in Toronto/Etobicoke (Bloor West Village).  The other is in a comfortable and inviting community church in Mississauga, at Eglinton Ave W and Mississauga Rd.  I also offer secure and confidential video counselling.
As a Registered Social Worker, my services are covered under many benefit plans.  My friendly cockapoo dog often accompanies me at the office.
I would love to work with you, to support you in achieving your optimal self. 
What is my background? 
I am a Registered Social Worker based in Toronto who has worked with families of all ages and of various racial, cultural and religious backgrounds since 2004. I started my counselling practice, The Couple Wellness Expert, in January 2012.  I am Canadian, Christian, and of mixed racial background. 
I have my Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.  
In my studies and in further post-graduate training, I have developed skills in and practices PREP-Enrich premarital therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Resilience in Marriage therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Internal Systems Theory, Strengths Perspective, Mindfulness Theory, Psychodynamic Therapy, Anti-Oppressive Practice, Relational Life Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Fundamentals of Supervision. 
What is my approach? 
Through a strengths-based holistic approach, I work with you to achieve your personal/relational goals. I specialize in relationships- those you have with your partner, yourself and your children. I use approaches such as Emotionally Focused Therapy, PrepEnrich, Mindfulness, Theraplay, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, and Internal Systems Therapy.
I believe that each person is unique and I do not try to fit the individual or couple to a theory but rather uses an integrative approach in applying my training, based on your own needs.  You are the expert on your own lives, and I help you to navigate through inevitable challenges along life’s journey.  
I take a holistic (systemic) perspective, taking into account all areas of your lives, including: financial, spiritual, physical, emotional, social, vocational, sexual, and environmental. 

Melissa Johari Reaches

Mississauga ON
Etobicoke ON