Melissa Pennica, MA, MFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Melissa also has specialized training in working with individuals, couples, and families who identify as LGBTQ+.  For more information, please click here.

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 is enthusiastic about helping her clients develop a deeper understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them. She is determined in her work to create a safe space for individuals to explore their thoughts and emotions, while helping them build the skills to make the changes they strive to make. Melissa places an importance on looking at all psychosocial factors of her clients' lives - from family background to current job stress - and sees how they impact the issues that clients bring to therapy.

Melissa has worked with couples in various life stages, including adults and college students struggling with anxiety. She has experience working in a children's outpatient program, where she helped families improve communication and behavioral issues to make for a more positive and loving home life. Melissa also specializes in working with women and men who are struggling with low self-esteem, body image, and life adjustments, where she considers both individual and cultural stressors that contribute to these issues.