Andy Bernay-Roman

Biography

Andy Bernay-Roman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor: “I’ve been an active student of the inner life for the last 40 years, and have served as mind/body psychotherapist at Hippocrates since 1990. Using body-focused, deep-feeling encounter techniques, I help you get to the core of “what’s eating you” so you can free up your energy for healing and choosing and creating a simpler, more fulfilling life.

I currently live in South Florida with my artist/therapist wife, Lynne. My daughter, Kaia, lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband, Dan, and their two kids, Kira and Nava. My stepson, Eli, lives in Washington, DC.

Smashwords Interview

How does stored pain (trauma) relate to disease?
At the Hippocrates Health Institute, I often work with people who have been given difficult medical diagnoses. I inevitably find some correlation with their disease process and the process of repressed feeling. Even to the point where the disease seems like the body’s pantomime of the inner repressed turmoil. I won’t go so far as to say this disease means this, or that condition means that, but I will say I’ve seen patterns of repression that seem to go along with certain body systems and certain ailments.

The science of it is just being discovered, but it basically has to do with the inner stress induced by repression of feelings contributing to an unhealthy flooding of the system with emergency hormones and the fight-or-flight response of the nervous system without letting up. Over time this unnatural flow inhibits oxygen delivery to certain parts of the body, increases muscular tension, and creates chemical havoc. It makes sense that that state would drive cells nuts, or seriously hamper healthy functioning.

If that weren’t bad enough, the body-response to trauma when it is repressed gets shunted upwards to the cognitive brain and influences our thoughts, beliefs, and sense of self, filling it with neurosis, phobias, dysfunctional patterns of relating, and all sorts of mental disorders. These things normalize when a person taps into and drains the pool of pain. It might be a bold thing to say that connecting with and feeling repressed pain sets the stage for physical healing, but I see it over and over again.
We know that certain diseases are psychosomatic, such as functional headaches, allergies, etc., But what about the non-psychophysiological disease? Does stored pain influence their course?
The understanding that some illnesses are psychosomatic has been around since the ‘40’s. The Psychosomatic Seven include asthma, migraines, allergies, and some others. It was revolutionary to think that back then. Now I believe the same psychosomatic influence plays into all physical ailments. I’m not saying that repressed feelings always are causative of illness, but I am saying repressed feelings inevitably help set the stage for illness, and always influence the course of an illness. I remember one woman in particular right now: she had severe liver cancer and was in marked pain in our sessions together. One time when she went especially deep into her anger and hurt, she emerged, to her surprise, physically pain-free. She got a first-hand experience of the mind/body connection.
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Where to buy in print


Books

Deep Feeling, Deep Healing: Mind/Body Wisdom for Bodyworkers
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 36,750. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Massage, Nonfiction » Psychology » Mental health
Deep Feeling, Deep Healing showcases the latest mind/body discoveries in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), and offers bodyworkers a user-friendly model to help them better understand the impact of their work, as they bring more awareness and compassion to their clients.
Deep Feeling, Deep Healing: The Heart, Mind, and Soul of Getting Well
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 101,390. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Psychology » Psychotherapy / counseling
Bernay-Roman transforms the latest findings from the mind/body science of psychoneuroimmunology into practical deep-feeling techniques for busting dysfunction, mobilizing the healing system, quickening recovery, and breaking out of ruts. Full of illuminating and moving case studies.

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