Malissa especially enjoys working with BIPOC individuals, couples, and families to explore issues of race, sex, gender, culture, and other identity that may be impacting your relationships, work, or overall wellbeing.
As a family and couple therapist, she believes problems reside between people and not within them. Malissa will approach your challenges from a relational and systems perspective, putting into consideration the context, environments, and systems we all reside in. You are the center of your story and expert on your life; she will help you build upon and utilize your innate skills and strengths to better understand and work through your challenges.
In addition to family and couple therapy, Malissa has experience with somatic therapy (Core Energetics), energy work, and plant spirit medicine. Malissa is a born and raised Theravada Buddhist, Reiki Master, tarot card reader, and flower essences practitioner and incorporates these alternative healing modalities if and when appropriate and if the client wishes. Malissa believes a combination of Western and Eastern practices can provide a more holistic therapeutic experience.
Finally, Malissa previously worked in politics and government on the local, state, and federal levels in social justice policy and legislation or “progressive” issues, with diverse constituencies. As a WOC, she practices social work and therapy from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist, culturally sensitive, and identity affirming lens. Her former career in politics and government, or macro-level systems change informs and marries the direct practice work she does now on the micro, clinical level with therapy clients.
Malissa earned a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, Douglass College and MSW from New York University. She has additional training in family and couple therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family in their Social Work and Diversity Program.
Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love
Family issues - Promoting communication and supporting family members to address challenges and reduce conflict and distress
Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress
Racism/Social justice - Coping with experiences of racism, systemic oppression, and other identity-specific aggressions and discrimination as a result of white supremacist, cis-heterosexual male patriarchy and capitalism
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Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.
Ackerman Institute for the Family, Social Work and Diversity Program
New York University, MSW, 2020
Ackerman Institute for the Family, Foundations of Family Therapy, 2020
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Douglass College, BA, 2009
New York: 109621
New Jersey: NJDCATEMP-030239
Malissa called on time and was concise and welcoming."