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  • About Bernard Text

    My path of self discovery began the moment I asked myself “What’s wrong with this picture?” It was 2am on a March night in 1969, and I was driving home at 110 mph, significantly under the influence of alcohol and whatever else. I felt angry, aggressive, and apathetic all at the same time and knew something was not right.

    Three months later, in June, I enrolled in a summer course called “Humanistic Psychology” at Long Island University in Southampton. That same night I went through two telephone poles and a cement wall at 120 mph, was presumed dead, and given Last Rites. Rather than the end of my life, as it turns out, it was the beginning of my journey.

    Nine years and two college degrees later, in 1978, I began my private psychotherapy practice and to this day am driven to understand and better the human condition. I base my counseling and teachings upon the spiritual and scientific principle that our beliefs, thoughts, words and feelings are a fundamental determining factor of how each of us experiences life. By taking loving responsibility for the quality of our beliefs, thoughts, words and feelings we achieve our fullest potential as souls on this Earth.

    I encourage meaningful change within the person by perceiving the interpersonal dynamics of individuals, couples, families, and groups, and communicating these dynamics compassionately and effectively. One experiences a deepening sense of personal value, direct, respectful, heartfelt communication, and the ability to genuinely honor the other and stay true to one’s own self.

    Along the way I was director of the East West Center for Holistic Health in Manhattan, founding President of the Guild of Holistic Practitioners, founder of Metaphysical Books and Tools, both in Sag Harbor, N.Y., a Stage 4 cancer survivor, and the grateful father of two sons, Max and Dhruva, and two grandsons, Joshua and Kayven.