Melissa Pennica, MA, MFT

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My goal throughout the therapeutic journey is to create an environment where individuals, couples, and families can feel comfortable to explore their innermost thoughts and feelings. I aim to do so by promoting secure attachment and acceptance of the self and others. I also help my clients build necessary coping skills and employ interventions to get them to their goals. I specialize in working with adolescents and adults with LGBTQ+ identities, and create a safe space to address the diverse needs of this community.
If you’re unsure about taking that first step, I’d encourage you to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation. I’m happy to help you determine whether therapy with me is a good fit for you. 


What I Help With:

LGBTQ+ Issues

  • Gender identity related issues
  • Sexual identity related issues
  • Transition support

Teen and Family Issues

  • Adoption and foster care struggles
  • Chronic family conflict
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Separation and divorcing families
  • Blended family issues
  • Stress management
  • Trauma recovery

Couples Therapy

  • Effective Communication
  • Infertility struggles
  • Premarital counseling
  • Sexual and intimacy issues

Individual Therapy

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Abandonment and attachment issues
  • Body image struggles

Professional Trainings:

Home-Based Evidence Based Practices Training
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training
High Conflict Couples Therapy Training
Play Therapy Training


Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy - University of Connecticut
Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Sociology - University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Take A Peek Inside My Office



Still not sure?

Contact me to schedule a

free 15 minute phone consultation

Call/Text: (516) 387-5143


Melissa Pennica Reaches

Long Island NY