Melissa Pennica, MA, MFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Melissa has developed and facilitated a therapy group for adolescents with various sexuality and gender identities. She brought this knowledge and supportive environment to Nassau Wellness in the Safe Space Group to support adolescents with various identities and those who are exploring their identities. To sign up for the Safe Space Group, click here.
Melissa has attended and presented at True Colors, where she was a supportive resource for conference attendees, and provided psychoeducation regarding sexual health for various sexuality and gender identities.
Melissa is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Nassau Wellness. She completed her Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Connecticut. She received Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa is a professional member of American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She works with individuals, couples, and families.
Melissa places an importance on improving the overall well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. She is understanding and highly empathic in her role as an LGBTQ=affirmative therapist and understands the impact that being LBGTQ+ can have on an individual and their relationships with the people in their lives. In addition to individual therapy, Melissa works with couples who are LGBTQ+ to help them work through communication issues and patterns of hurt and anger that many couples experience, while holding the knowledge that identifying within the LGBTQ+ community can add to life's stressors.
Melissa also works with individuals who are gender non-conforming, transgender, as well as those who are exploring their identity. Melissa creates a safe, warm, nonjudgmental environment for all of her clients to help them feel secure in exploring their gender identities and holds the understanding that an identity is not something to be "figured out" quickly. Melissa devotes the time to each of her clients who are exploring their identity, and aims to support clients where they are at in their journey.