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Seda Ciftci-Sevil

Psychologist, PsyD
New York
Anxiety-Depression-Social phobia-Narcissistic parental trauma healing-Perfectionism-Codependency-
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Professional statement

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.

Message to clients

I am a warm, empathetic, understanding and nonjudgemental therapist that looks at the person as a whole. I believe that given the right circumstances, we all have the potential to find wisdom, grow, heal and find fulfillment in life. I believe that by providing unconditional positive regard and empathy individuals I work with will be free to share feelings and discover answers that will help them lead more fulfilling lives.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 15 years

Private Practice
NY Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Columbia University Medical Center, Instructor in Psychology

Nova Southeastern University, PsyD, 2009
Columbia University, MA, 2004


New York: 021698


English, Spanish, Turkish


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder), intrusive thoughts, obsessive-compulsive urges and behaviors (OCD), generalized anxiety (GAD)

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

Narcissistic parental trauma healing - Healing from narcissistic abuse that occurred in childhood is possible. Therapy and safe space provided by the therapist can guide individuals towards healing. Trauma bonding is usually very strong and may cause adult children of emotionally immature and narcissistic parents to get involved in similar interpersonal dynamics. Therapeutic interventions are utilized to help break the trauma bond and bring possibility of improved interpersonal relationships and happiness.

Perfectionism - Coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, self-criticism, and procrastination; addressing unrealistic expectations of one’s self and negatively comparing self to others

Codependency - Development of healthy boundaries in relationships; strategies for increasing individual self-esteem and autonomy; coping mechanisms for separation and individuation.


  • Adults (24+)
  • Children (<12)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

Thursday in person availability coming up in September 2023.


Seda Ciftci-Sevil is not in-network with any insurances.

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Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$300 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$200 - $300
  • Initial session:$500 (60min)
  • Family sessions:$350 (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
  • Cash
  • Check
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
Therapist's note

We use Reimbursify to simplify out-of-network insurance reimbursement. Reimbursify is a service our practice uses to check your out of network coverage, and to be able to file your therapy service claim and get your reimbursement back! Reimbursify will need a few initial pieces of information, and will streamline the process of getting your money back – Reimbursify’s service is free to you as our client.