Padmavathy (Padma) Desai
She/Her/HersLicensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties • Insurance & Fees • Locations
Padmavathy (Padma) is a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic psychotherapist in based in New York City. She enjoys working with adults from all backgrounds. Many of Padma’s clients come in when feeling stressed, empty, overwhelmed or lonely. She is particularly sensitive to clients with multiple diversities who are facing transitions in life, identity, and family structure. Born in India and raised internationally, Padma has both experience and sensitivity to diversity in multiple dimensions.
Padma is trained in contemporary psychoanalytic approaches. In session, Padma encourages free association that allows clients to say whatever is on their mind to explore all parts of themselves in a safe and nonjudgmental way. She also provides practical, concrete problem-solving to help right away and feel better. Both approaches support clients to love, work and play better.
Padma is a graduate of The Object Relations Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in New York City. She has extensive experience in a wide range of well-known clinical settings working with diverse populations which enables her to provide a high-level of personal care.
Padma is involved with The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsA), the International Psychohistory Association (IPhA) and International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). She also presents regularly at psychoanalytical conferences in the United States and internationally. She participates in on-going study groups and continues training and development in a wide range of topics relating to cultural competency, philosophy, science, human rights, climate change and theoretical study.
Padma offers the flexibility of remote therapy sessions and is committed to maintaining an inclusive practice. With a background in business and the arts, she is particularly sensitive to supporting business and creative professionals from all backgrounds. Outside of private practice, she enjoys learning languages (French, Spanish, German), exploring cities, nature walks and travel.
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
Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges
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
Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
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Years of Experience: 15 years
Object Relations Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, New York, NY, Five Year Program Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 2022
Seton Hall University , MA, EdS., 2009
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), MA, 1984
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), BA, 1982
New Jersey: 37PC00475200
New York: 009008