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Mining For Gold Marriage – Jesse Johnson and Melva Thomas Johnson

Marriage Counselors Jesse & Melva Johnson Jesse and Melva Johnson are married and have been working together for over 30 years.  They know the ups and downs of relationships from their personal and professional experience. They have learned, practiced and taught others the tools and strategies that have worked to help couples like you to have more satisfying relationships. Jesse and Melva believe that our society deserves to have happy, healthy couples who raise healthy, happy children. Even childless couples are important role models in our communities in many ways. Jesse and Melva know how to “mine for the gold” that lies beneath the frustrations and conflicts of daily life to transform your relationship and family to the experience of your dreams. You will be able to spend more of your time and energy expressing love and care to each other and having fun like they do. As a couple Jesse and Melva are surrounded with their love for each other, as well as their family, friends, colleagues and the couples the they have the good fortune of working with. The Johnson's enjoy dancing, fine dining and “hanging out”. Let them support you in enjoying your life again too! Melva holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, Workshop Presenter and Consultant.  Jesse holds a Master’s Degree in Humanistic and Clinical Psychology from the Michigan Graduate School of Professional Psychology and he is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist and Consultant. They are both licensed psychotherapists in Michigan. Melva is the former President of the International Association of Imago Relationship Therapists and  Jesse is the former President Elect.  Jesse is also an ordained minister and a retired Director of School Community Relations for the Detroit Public Schools. Both of them have received numerous awards and recognition for their work. Their 60 plus years of combined experience as psychotherapists, relationship educators, workshop leaders, public speakers, authors and consultants, have given them the opportunity to work together as colleagues in the Detroit Public School system.  They worked together to build a better working environment for students, parents, staff and the community at large. This evolved into becoming a couple, starting a private practice for individuals, couples and families and then getting married. Their commitment to support healthy relationships expanded to supporting organizations and businesses to help create more fulfilling relationships. This has taken them throughout the United States and abroad. Jesse and Melva have also appeared on local and national radio and television shows and have been featured in numerous print media including newspapers and magazines. In 1994, they added the imago relationship counseling and seminar training to their work. In 2007 they published their first book, Mining for Gold in Your Relationship, a guide for couples with a 5 step plan to improve the quality of relationships. Shortly thereafter they added the “Couplehood as a Spiritual Path” course to the programs we offer. The Johnson's have worked hard to live the message they teach—in their marriage and family, and as business partners. Their marital journey began as a “blended family.”  They were determined to create a successful life experience for themselves and their two minor sons from Jesse’s previous marriage. To be successful, they had to overcome the internal and external influences, pressures, and conflicts that often tear families like theirs apart. Through the study of marriage and family therapies, marriage education programs, “trial and error,” an ongoing shared commitment, continuous dialogue, problem solving, goal setting, planning, cooperation, and mutual support, they have successfully created the kind of marriage, family, and professional life they desired. Jesse and Melva are excited whenever they have the opportunity to share these tools with other couples to enable them to also create the relationship they’ve also longed for. For more information visit their site at http://www.mfgmarriage.com/.

by Sam Leccima & Shani Leccima
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