Malissa  Pansa-ad

Malissa Pansa-ad

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Master of Social Work, MSW Practice: Rogue Spirit
New York, New Jersey Accepting Online
Greenwich Village Accepting In-person
Updated March 4, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Couples counseling
  • Family issues
  • Anxiety
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Life transitions
  • Racism/Social justice

Professional statement

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.


Message to clients

Seeking therapy can be an intimidating and overwhelming process. From acknowledging that you would like more support to searching for the right therapist for you, it takes time, effort, and courage to face your challenges and risk vulnerability. That is why I aim to create a warm, welcoming, and non-judgmental space where you experience trust, safety, and comfort to bring your authentic self into the room. To be vulnerable and open as your true self without fear of judgment is to move towards freedom and expansion.

I especially enjoy 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, I believe problems reside between people and not within them. We 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. We will build upon and utilize your innate skills and strengths to better understand and work through your challenges.


Specialties

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




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • United Healthcare
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (United Healthcare)
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min-60min)
  • Sliding scale: $80 - $150
  • Initial session: $100 (45min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • Every other month
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed

Location(s)

Greenwich Village practice
96 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Tue 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Wed 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Thu 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Fri 8:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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


Licensure

New York: 109621

New Jersey: NJDCATEMP-030239


Languages

English


Client testimonials

"

Malissa called on time and was concise and welcoming.

"
- Zencare client • December 2020