Padmavathy (Padma)  Desai

Padmavathy (Padma) Desai


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New Jersey, New York Accepting Online
Updated November 8, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA, gender, & sexuality topics
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

If you’re feeling down, overwhelmed, outraged, stuck or that “something is off” it’s so painful. It’s also a good sign! It means that you are self-aware and don’t want to get stuck there. Therapy is a good place to help you feel better. I offer you a space to be seen and heard as a whole person with strengths and find ways to feel better.

I see clients at least once a week or sometimes several times a week over the course of several months or years depending on your needs. If you are interested, meeting at least three times per week allows you to engage in an in-depth and consistent exploration of yourself.

I work with clients located in New York and New Jersey by phone, FaceTime, Zoom or other HIPAA compliant video platform from your computer, smart phone, or iPad. Our sessions are typically 45 minutes or longer if needed.

I look forward to connecting with you soon for a free initial 15 minute either by phone or video. You can get a chance to see if it is a good fit and how I can best help you with whatever you’re going through right now. I look forward to hearing from you soon!


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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)


Padmavathy (Padma) Desai is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $275 (45min)
  • Initial session: $325 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (New Jersey)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Afternoons and Evenings
  • Tue 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon Afternoons and Evenings
  • Tue 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wed 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thu 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

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