Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime, evening, and weekend appointments
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Race and cultural identity
Nirmala Bijraj is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with an office in Queens, New York. She sees clients navigating a wide variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, relationships, and life transitions. Additionally, she enjoys supporting clients of diverse cultural backgrounds, particularly second generation immigrants, exploring cultural, racial, and ethnic identity issues. Drawing from personal and professional experience, she is passionate about helping clients bridge family dynamics and develop their own identity while maintaining cultural and personal values.
Nirmala’s style is eclectic, taking an individualized approach to sessions depending on each client’s unique concerns. She draws from principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and humanistic therapy to best support each individual.
Nirmala is committed to creating a warm and open environment for clients to feel heard and accepted. She is excited to welcome young adults to her private practice in Queens.
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Race and cultural identity – Exploring topics of racial, cultural, and ethnic background as it relates to one’s family origins and personal identity
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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
Chronic illness – Receiving a diagnosis; adjusting to lifestyle and medication changes; coping with related changes in mood, emotions, and relationships; managing symptoms and stress
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
LGBTQIA and sexuality topics – Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Fidelis Care Insurance
Beacon Health Options
Initial/ongoing individual sessions: $80-$100 (50min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80-$100 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Message to clients
"Nirmala Bijraj is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Nirmala's style of therapy is eclectic drawing from different theories and modalities which centers on what works best for the client. She has a lot of experience to draw from, having worked for non-profits and private practice in the past. Nirmala was born in South America and lived in Canada before relocating to New York. From her international experiences, she gleaned a deep respect and understanding for culture and its meaning.
Nirmala has experience helping individuals cope with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, adjustment disorder, substance use, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, among others. She works with both individual clients and couples experiencing difficulties that negatively impact their lives.
Nirmala received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Queens College, and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University."
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Humanistic TherapyHumanistic Therapy focuses on each person's individual nature, accentuating his or her positive traits and ability to find growth, healing, and fulfilling within themselves. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Long Island University, MS in Mental Health Counseling, 2013
Queens College of the City University of New York, BA in Psychology & Sociology, 2011