Keep Breathing

Welcome to my blog!  I’m David Prybock, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh.  My intention with this blog is to share with you my thoughts, feelings, and experiences regarding therapy and psychological issues with the hope of assisting you in your journey. I will admit, this is my first foray into blogging, or engaging in any social media for that matter.  I don’t Facebook or Twitter, I never have.  I’m not even really sure what Pinterest is.  But despite being a novice, I get excited at the prospect of blogging:  “This will be fun,” I tell myself.  “I will have a venue in which I can more fully share my thoughts and feelings!”  But then other thoughts start to swirl in my head: “Will I do this right?  Will my entries have their intended effect?”  I suddenly find myself moving from an infectious, positive energy to feeling a pit in my stomach.  And then I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Gestalt psychologist, Fritz Perls: Fear is excitement without the breath. I check in with myself.  My chest feels tight and constricted.  My breath is shallow.  Sure enough, I’m not breathing.  And with that, [...]