About the Book

"This book has the power to heal the world one person at a time." - Lorilee Binstock, host of A Trauma Survivor's Podcast and founder of Authentic Insider Magazine


Whether it’s grief, despair, or anxiety, society will always find a way to label feelings as “messy.” But burying these reactions only leads to greater emotional turmoil. In the past, we have looked to self-help gurus like Gary Zukav, whose Seat of the Soul inspired Oprah Winfrey to help America process trauma. So why did that book resonate with her, and what does everyone still love about Oprah? It's not that she's rich or that she's successful...it's her authenticity. She taps into what she has described in her SuperSoul Sundays as Authentic Power: uniting all the pieces of herself so that she's always bringing her whole self to everything she does. Oprah didn't ignore her messy feelings: she shared them with America, and she processed and integrated them in order to tap into her own authentic power. She became her authentic self, which exudes from her in every second that you see her.

In Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission to Feel, accomplished entrepreneur, journalist, publicist, and award-winning podcaster Ashley Bernardi continues the brave work of these great thought leaders by teaching you that your darkest hours are disguised opportunities to uncover and process, feel, heal, and grow.

Bernardi’s personal journey began when she witnessed her father’s sudden death at age eleven. Years later, a mysterious illness began a personal quest toward healing and taught her that trauma and adversity can be sources of strength and self-discovery. Through daily affirmations and writing prompts, you will discover Ashley Bernardi’s F.E.E.L. Framework:


You will explore chapters such as:  

  • Embrace the Waves of Emotions
  • Lift the Emotional Fog
  • Make Space for the Brave Conversations
  • The F.E.E.L. Framework
  • Balanced Body, Balanced Heart
  • Discover Your Deeper, Powerful, Self
  • Exercise Your Empathy

As the founder of a national media relations and publicity firm, Ashley has the privilege of access to many of the world's leading experts in health and wellness who offered healing and hope with her personal challenges—a rich collection of top doctors, neurologists, psychologists, nutritionists, coaches, spiritualists, and others. She shares their profound wisdom so that you can build hope during your times of struggle.

Bernardi searched for true healing and growth for more than twenty years; Authentic Power equips you with the tools to ignite your own journey now.
"Through daily affirmations, exercises, and journaling prompts...Bernardi walks readers through her FEEL framework—focus, enter, experience, and learn— to help them find a way forward after experiencing trauma." —Publishers Weekly

"Ashley Bernardi completely reveals herself and therefore all of us with a compendium of powerful words, wisdom and practices to put into place immediately." —Dana Look-Arimoto, host of Settle Smarter Podcast and author of Stop Settling, Settle Smart

Awards and Press

Dana Look-Arimoto


Finally a truth-telling book that helps us face our own dragons. We all have them and Ashley Bernardi completely reveals herself and therefore all of us with a compendium of powerful words, wisdom and practices to put into place immediately.

Rebecca Anne Nguyen

co-author of Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran's 2

Inspiring, heartbreaking, and powerfully healing, Authentic Power is a refreshing antidote to the toxic positivity that saturates our lives.

Lorilee Binstock

host of A Trauma Survivor's Podcast and Founder of Authentic Insider Magazine

In her book Authentic Power, Bernardi displays deep vulnerability...With experts from a spectrum of healing modalities and trauma survivors, this book has the power to heal the world one person at a time.

Randi Zinn


For a clear, easy to understand (and implement) guide, look no further than this delightful book by two universally respected veterans of the child and family field.

Meet the Author

Ashley Bernardi is the founder of powerhouse media relations firm Nardi Media, where she works with corporations, brands, entrepreneurs, and not-for-profits in obtaining high-profile placements in national broadcast, print, and online media. Trained as a journalist at CBS News, she has a natural ear for a story and journalist’s passion for research. The traumatic death of her father at a young age and diagnosis of Lyme Disease after the birth of her third child deepened her passion for health, wellness, and spirituality. Ashley lives in Northern Virginia with her family.