Marissa Nelson is the CEO of XoXo Therapy LLC, and is the Founder of IntimacyMoons® Couples Retreats – voted Best Couples Retreat by Women’s HealthLiveStrongBustle Magazine Black Enterprise.

Marissa is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

Marissa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Minor in Communications from Florida State University and holds a Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy from Drexel University where she received the Department of Family Therapy Service Award. Marissa also pursued post-graduate studies, receiving a Certificate in Sexual Health & Sex Therapy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Upon graduation, she opened her private practice, and fulfilling one of her dreams of creating a diverse and multicultural practice in downtown Washington, DC before pursuing her calling – IntimacyMoons® Couples Retreats.

Marissa is supremely dedicated to both her clients’ success and her work as a therapist and has a been treating couples and singles with a variety of life and relationship issues with a sterling success rate.  Marissa conducts speaking engagements, workshops and has been featured in over 100 TV, Radio and Print media spots. Notable appearances include Black Enterprise, CNN Health, Women’s Health, Condé Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Weddings, Glamour, Bustle, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and Madame Noire.

Marissa Nelson, is a Clinical Member of The American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT), American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians (ABSC) and holds a certificate in Divorce Mediation & Conflict Resolution. 


“Create families on your terms. ”

Marissa Nelson, LMT CST