Marissa Nelson

Meet Marissa Nelson

Marissa Nelson is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) who has been helping couples and singles for the past decade. Her focus on couples and infertility stems from her love of therapeutic work and her own experience with infertility and IVF. For four years prior to conception, she endured the pain and challenges of infertility, suffering in silence. She chose to transform hopelessness into empowerment by creating a program to support all couples during their journey through infertility. She is also a champion for equality, reproductive and social justice, particularly for communities of color where there continues to be challenges such as implicit bias in healthcare, treatment disparities and barriers of access to reproductive care.

Marissa is the founder of IntimacyMoons, the premier luxury retreat experience voted “Best Couples Retreat” by Women’s Health, LiveStrong, Bustle & Black Enterprise Magazines. She has been featured in Women's Health, Bustle, LiveStrong, Esquire, Glamour, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and other leading media.

Marissa holds a Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Drexel University and a B.S. in Sociology from Florida State University. She earned her Certificate in Sexual Health & Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan. She is a member of American Association of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Resolve, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT). Marissa lives with her husband and daughter in Washington, D.C.

“When I work with couples, I’m so passionate that I become excited about the possibilities of helping them thrive. You have to hold hope for them, and create a sacred space for their relationship to flourish.”

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