Nirmala  Bijraj

Nirmala Bijraj

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments (updated September 22, 2019)

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments (updated September 22, 2019)


Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Race and cultural identity
  • Relationships
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Nirmala Bijraj is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with two offices 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.


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.


Specialties

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


General expertise



Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $80 (50min)
  • Initial session: $80 (50min)

Location(s)

78-19 Myrtle Avenue

Queens, NY 11385

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

119-29 80th Road

Queens, NY 11415

Hours
  • Mon Closed
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Long Island University, MS in Mental Health Counseling, 2013

Queens College of the City University of New York, BA in Psychology & Sociology, 2011


Languages

  • English

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