Sophia Frydman, PhD
Dr. Sophia Frydman is a clinical psychologist who takes a relational psychoanalytic perspective, in which the psychotherapy relationship is seen as an opportunity to bring to awareness, work through, and transform patterns of relating to others and to oneself. She works collaboratively with patients towards understanding underlying causes of suffering, so as to facilitate greater freedom and aliveness. Dr. Frydman sees individuals and couples for a wide range of psychological difficulties, including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, grief, and life transitions. She has particular interest in addressing issues related to identity, sexuality, and creativity.
Beyond working in private practice, Dr. Frydman has published and presented papers on art, literature, sexuality, gender, and love. Her recent writing includes a study of love and madness in the writing of Doris Lessing and Elena Ferrante, and an analysis of the psychological functions of consensual sadomasochism.
Dr. Frydman completed her doctorate at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, a program specializing in psychodynamic theory. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at North Central Bronx Hospital, where she worked primarily on an acute psychiatric inpatient unit, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology. Dr. Frydman received a B.A. in art from Yale University and an M.F.A. in art from the University of Chicago and is a practicing artist.