Psychotherapy helps us through enhancing our humanity--our self understanding, and self-compassion. With understanding and compassion, we are able to be honest with ourselves and others about our needs, and preferences. When clear in this way we deepen our contact with others, and find satisfaction in our pursuits.


Dr. Harvey Aronson

I pursued professional psychotherapeutic training at the Boston University School of Social Work from 1982 to 1984. I earned a Masters in Social Work, focusing on psychodynamic and self-psychology, family therapy, chemical dependency, and group therapy. During this period I also began my own therapy, which served as an experiential touchstone for much of the material in Buddhist Practice on Western Ground. (Shambhala, 2004). I am a member of the Texas Society for Clinical Social Work, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Association of Social Workers, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.


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Buddhist Practice on Western Ground

This is the first book to offer Buddhist meditators a comprehensive and sympathetic examination of the differences between Asian and Western cultural and spiritual values. In looking at the place of love, anger, attachment, and sense of self in spiritual life, it provides psychological insights of benefit to any individuals deeply engaged in religious or spiritual endeavor.

This review is from: Buddhist Practice on Western Ground: Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology (Paperback)

"Dr. Aronson has written a gem. His psychological insights are warming and wonderful… Rarely have I seen a psychotherapist who understands and communicates the quality of a successful psychotherapy so well. Coupling that gift with his ease in personal revelations, Dr. Aronson creates a warm holding environment, one that encourages the reader to feel equally comfortable and at ease in looking at his or her own vulnerable feelings. The ability to communicate both the value of a good psychotherapy and to capture its warm essence is very rare."

Mark B. Siegert PhD Clinical Psychologist, Psychoanalyst (Millburn, NJ USA)

"I found this book remarkable; it explores the crucial need to pursue new approaches to understand mental distress and to find ways to overcome such suffering."

Philip J. Hauptman, Philip J. Hauptman MD ,Psychiatrist ,NYC, NY