Victor Barbetti, Ph.D.
We often find ourselves struggling in the relationships that matter most to us: with co-workers, family members, or friends. Perhaps something feels “off,” or we feel “stuck.” We can choose to suffer through these conflicts, or we can embark on a new path of healing and self-care. Our ability to repair and to grow in our relationships with others and our self requires a unique kind of work. Psychotherapy is the space where we begin to find new insights into our behaviors and thoughts, which in turn leads us toward empowerment and a more authentic engagement with others.
From a yogic perspective, the work we do in therapy is svadhyaya, or “self study.” Sva means “self’ and adhyaya means “inquiry” or “examination.” This kind of study or examination asks us to intentionally find self-awareness in all our activities and efforts, even to the point of welcoming and accepting our limitations. It teaches us to be centered and non-reactive, and to reflect on our own engagement with the world and others around us. This kind of self-study moves us from a place of stress or tension, to a space of balance and equanimity. My primary therapeutic work is with adults and couples.
Member: Pennsylvania Psychological Association; Board Member & Current President: Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association.