Ruhsen Sevketoglu, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Ruhsen Sevketoglu

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Ruhsen Sevketoglu, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Ruhsen Sevketoglu

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UKCP accredited Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with years of experience, encompassing NHS secondary care services, private, educational settings and running own workshops. Experienced in weekly and twice weekly, long and short-term individual and group psychotherapy with numerous clients with a range of symptoms from different backgrounds and experiences. Privately I see clients individually online (long term and short term work) and offer consultation services for psychotherapists, counsellors and other health care professionals.

About Me

I am currently working as a Principal (senior) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in NHS Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Services with individuals and groups within outer London, with a particular interest in attachment and trauma. I have specialised in delivering evidence-based therapy to adults experiencing symptoms of trauma, depression, anxiety, relational difficulties and loss. Alongside my training, I worked with university students with mental health, learning and physical difficulties and counselling with trauma and sexual abuse survivors.

I completed a Masters in Clinical Science in Psychotherapy at University of Kent and am registered with the UK Council of Psychotherapy. I abide by their Code of Ethics. I also have completed the basic Anna Freud Mentalisation-based treatment (MBT) training for borderline personality disorder (also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) and work with individuals and groups.

Therapy is an opportunity to explore and find words for our experiences, thoughts, feelings and behaviours; both those we are aware of and those of which we are less conscious. This can help us to process our experience, including that which is painful and traumatic.
Therapy can help us to understand ourselves; our thinking, behaviour and relationships better, thus enabling constructive change in our lives. We can move beyond stuck, repetitive and self-destructive patterns of relating to ourselves and others, to new and healthier possibilities. People who benefit most are usually those who want to understand themselves better and who have the motivation to commit to the process, even when it involves facing emotional pain. It is a process that requires working closely together to help you navigate through your current difficulties to where you would like to be and have an improved quality of life.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a talking therapy based on saying whatever is going through your mind. This helps you become aware of hidden meanings or patterns in what you do or say that may contribute to your problems. Many people come to us because they feel they are trapped by their past and want to talk it through with someone.

Through understanding these connections and patterns therapy can:
-Bring relief
-Reduce confusion about what helps and what doesn’t
-Identify changes that can be made in your life
-Help you come to terms with what can’t be changed
-Psychoanalysis is based on the modern developments of the theories of Sigmund Freud. Freud believed that bad thoughts and experiences from childhood are repressed but continue to influence your feelings as an adult.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is for adults experiencing psychological problems.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy can help with a range of psychological problems, particularly difficulties that can impact on relationships:

-Anxiety disorders
-Relationship difficulties
-Post traumatic difficulties
-Personality difficulties

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is not recommended for psychotic illness, but can be very helpful in relapse prevention and when a psychotic episode has come to an end.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy sessions last for 50 minutes. They usually take place once a week, but sometimes more frequently.
Patients are seen on their own at the same time and in the same room, as this consistency helps people get the most out of their treatment.

People only enter psychoanalytic psychotherapy after a detailed consultation, which takes place over one to three meetings. During consultation I try to get to know you and get a picture of your difficulties.

The consultation gives you and I an idea of whether talking to someone in this way is going to help you or not. At the end of the consultation I will help you to think about the most appropriate treatment for you.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapists wait for you to talk. This can feel like silence, but it doesn’t mean the therapist is unhelpful. I am interested in what’s on your mind. As a session develops this includes possible feelings about our relationship. There are no expectations and you are free to talk about whatever is on your mind.

I try to understand and point out particular difficulties in talking or thinking about certain things. Although we know that it’s helpful to talk, we also know it’s not always easy. It’s important to understand what might get in the way.

Research shows that psychoanalytic psychotherapy is effective in the treatment of both mild and complex mental health problems.

Studies show that psychotherapy in addition to antidepressant medication significantly reduces depressive symptoms, compared to antidepressants alone.

Studies also show that for somatic disorders short term psychoanalytic therapy can be more effective than other therapies. Somatic disorders are physical complaints that initially appear to be medical but after investigation can’t be explained with a medical diagnosis.

Talking and thinking about emotional problems can be difficult. For this reason some people can feel worse before they feel better. We work with you to manage strong emotional reactions.

Sometimes this kind of therapy can make people feel too angry or makes their depression worse, or some can feel too criticised. It can be painful to face the past and the truth, but this has its limits and I respect that.
I aim to provide a warm, safe confidential and non judgmental space to be able encourage change. I offer both longer-term open-ended work and brief focused therapy.
If you would like to explore the possibility of therapy or consultation, do contact me. I look forward to speaking with you.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Supervision
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Online Therapy
  • Telephone Therapy


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UKCP College

  • Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College (CPJAC)
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