Dr. Seda Ciftci-Sevil is a Clinical Psychologist in New York City specializes in anxiety and mood disorders, and academic stress. She sees adults in her practice, as well as children.
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
Dr. Ciftci-Sevil can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Private Practice, 2017 - Present
NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, 2014 - Present
Columbia University Medical Center, Instructor in Psychology, 2017 - 2019
Nova Southeastern University, PsyD, 2009
Columbia University, MA, 2004