FOUNDER OF INTIMACYMOONS™

MEET MARISSA


My name is Marissa Nelson and I am the Master Therapist and facilitator of IntimacyMoons. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist, I graduated with a BS in Sociology and a Minor in Communications from my alma mater Florida State University. I hold a Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy from Drexel University, and received a Certificate in Sexual Health & Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Upon graduation, I decided to open my private practice, and fulfilled one of my dreams of creating a diverse and multicultural practice in downtown Washington DC. Anyone that knows me understands how dedicated I am to this work, and I was lucky enough to treat couples and singles with a variety of life and relationship issues, and experienced amazing success. 

I'm a member of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC) and have a certificate in Divorce Mediation & Conflict Resolution. 

Personally, I am a life-long learner, passionate about my work as a therapist, and fiercely loyal to my friends and family. I'm a huge foodie (Philly being my favorite US foodie city), lover of local art, and I still cry my eyes out at any wedding I have the pleasure of attending.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT MARISSA


NAME
Marissa Simone Nelson

NICKNAME
MJ

FOOD THAT I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
Truffle french fries, grilled chicken wings and Nutella. There have been times when I have boxes of leftovers in my fridge, all of them being chicken wings - it's a sickness. 

IF I WAS STUCK ON AND ISLAND AND COULD ONLY BRING A FEW THINGS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
My Husband, My puppy, incense, wine, and an insane music playlist 

MY FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH
OMG, Justin Timberlake and Lenny Kravitz

IF I WASN'T A THERAPIST, I WOULD PROBABLY BE...
An Interior Designer or Architect


 

THE BEST RELATIONSHIP ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED
The best relationships bring out the best in both people, find someone who you can be 100% yourself with.

MY WEIRDEST PHOBIA
I HATE fruit salad!! Fruits touching each other–EW!

MY GUILTIEST PLEASURE
Shoes, shoes and more shoes. VH-1 and over the top ridiculous reality-tv shows

MY DRINK OF CHOICE
A good malbec or gin gimlet

THE BIGGEST LESSON MARRIAGE HAS TAUGHT ME
Unconditional love and selflessness, and that marriage is actually fun when you get it right!

MY REAL HOUSEWIVES TAGLINE WOULD BE
"I live for all the things money can’t buy in life–passion, integrity and freedom–with champagne on the side, thank you!"