Melissa Johari is a Registered Social Worker in privatepractice in Toronto. She has been in the field of Social Work for 11 years, and founded The Couple Wellness Expert,
a psychotherapeutic counselling business, in 2012. She works with Individuals, Couples, Children, Youth and Families. She specializes in couples who are at any
stage of their relationship, and has a particular focus on premarital counselling.
Melissa is a Psychotherapy Provider, Hypnotherapist, and Wedding Officiant. Supervised Psychological services are also available with Melissa through Dalton and Associates Psychological Services. Melissa has a degree in Honours Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. She is a Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Melissa uses Holistic Life Coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Theory and a Strength-based approach in her work with Individuals, in order to help
them achieve their personal life goals and help them work through presenting issues such as stress, self-esteem, life transitions, mild anxiety and depression.
Melissa uses Theraplay Principles in her attachment work with children, youth and families, which is particularly helpful in adoption and work with troubled children or
In Melissa’s work with couples, she uses Prepare-Enrich, Emotionally Focussed
Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy, and often recommends resources such as “The
Five Love Languages” and “Hold Me Tight”. Melissa believes that each person and
situation is different and bases her approach on the unique needs presented. She offers her clients a sense of hope and guides them on a journey of healing, growth and
Melissa’s vision is to see greater awareness in the need to foster healthy relationships from the start, within the community, the city and the province. This means parents
modelling positive relational skills at home together, children learning these skills in school, premarital couples actively participating in premarital counselling and couples
enriching their relationships in a proactive way through workshops and preventative maintenance, in order to have healthy relationships that last a lifetime.
Melissa has been married for 11 years. She and her husband became Wedding Officiants in 2014 and started a new branch of The Couple Wellness Expert called “Couple Wellness Weddings.”. She and her husband provide premarital education to engaged couples and perform officiant services for weddings.
Melissa enjoys photography and crafts. She volunteers at the Westbury Retirement home regularly with her beloved cockapoo, Gilli, who is an approved therapy dog
through St. John Ambulance. Gilli also often accompanies Melissa to her Etobicoke office, where Gilli engages with clients and helps to make them feel comfortable.
Please visit Melissa’s personal website.
Wellness advice from Melissa:
Every single engaged couple should participate in premarital counselling. “But Melissa”, you may ask, “we are just starting out in our relationship and we don’t have any problems. Why should we be in counselling already?” Premarital counselling is essential preventative work for every couple to lay a strong foundation for a lifetime together. Even if […]