Dr. Seda Ciftci-Sevil is a Clinical Psychologist in New York City specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, and academic and work related stress, and perfectionism. She sees adults in her practice, as well as children.
In her work with adults, she explores how childhood experiences and internalized messages dating back to early years impact client's current struggles with anxiety, mood or perfectionist tendencies. She provides psychoeducation regarding origin and function of symptoms, educates about CBT concepts and then moves to skill building, cognitive restructuring to help clients consider alternative perspectives to replace rigid and detrimental core beliefs. Clients gain insight to unhelpful self-talk and messages. They are also guided and supported in a warm therapeutic space to experience emotions without judgement. Often times clients have fear of "feeling their emotions" and the supportive and warm stance she takes encourages client to challenge and try new behaviors that lead to reduction of distress and increased satisfaction.
In her work with children, Dr. Ciftci-Sevil uses play therapy to make the experience as fun as possible for the child; that might include drawing, character creation, and other ways of incorporating imagination and play. She modifies evidence-based treatments like Coping Cat, Speak Up, Emotion Detectives to meet the developmental level and needs of the children she is working with. She has extensive experience treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder and Depression using tailored interventions from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach.
Dr. Ciftci-Sevil welcomes clients from diverse backgrounds and walks of life, and is able to conduct therapy both in English and Turkish. She has experience working with diverse populations and understands the complexity of interactions between different cultures, languages, ethnic and religious backgrounds. She attended college and graduate school as an International student U.S. 20 years ago and and has a special interest in working with international students, expats and diverse individuals.
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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Social phobia - Skill-building to increase interpersonal efficacy and decrease discomfort in social settings; boosting self-esteem
Cultural adjustment - Acclimating to a new environment; managing stress and coping with feelings of loss and separation from familiar people and places
Bullying - Working with children and adolescents dealing with bullying; developing effective skills and coping strategies to manage distress, ask for help, and improve self-esteem
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with children - Recognizing and challenging negative thought patterns in children to modify problem behaviors in a short-term, skill-based manner
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Years of Experience: 13 years
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, 2014 - 2022
Columbia University Medical Center, Instructor in Psychology, 2017 - 2022
Nova Southeastern University, PsyD, 2009
Columbia University, MA, 2004
New York: 021698