Marissa Nelson, CEO & Founder

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Marissa Nelson has helped hundreds of couples to rediscover lasting connection while overcoming all of life’s challenges together.

Her extensive clinical knowledge of couples’ issues yet accessible and contemporary style makes couples and sex therapy conversational, warm and fun.

An internationally recognized expert, she is the creator of IntimacyMoons Couples Retreats, rated by The New York Times, Women's Health, Fodor's Travel, and Travel Curator as one of the top couples retreats worldwide. 

She has also been frequently  featured in over 100 national and international media publications including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBC, CNN Health, Glamour, Latina and Black Enterprise.

Marissa is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Michael Nelson, COO and Co-Founder

Michael Nelson is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of IntimacyMoons. He is a Senior Operations & Risk Specialist with 15 years of experience in International Financial Development Institutions. Michael possesses a M.B.A. in Finance and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with additional certifications in agile project management.

Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University and the George Washington University. He is also the proud husband of Marissa Nelson, and together they have a daughter, Zayla.

Our Core Values


Helping couples re-connect to their resilience & intimacy, living our passion and purpose through meaningful connection and client education.


Striving to leave a mark of transformation and lasting change, so each person can move boldly forward in awareness and have agency over their lives.


A deep sincerity, authenticity and professionalism in all that we do.


We are committed to serving our clients in ways that empower their choices and relationships.


In practice, deed and with utmost integrity and to the highest moral and educational standards.
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“Marissa has a gift and we had an opportunity to experience that.”

sarah & jonathan - intimacymoon alums