Harold H. Bloomfield

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Harold H. Bloomfield
OccupationPsychiatrist, writer, politician
EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Notable worksHow to Survive the Loss of a Love, TM: Discovering Inner Energy and Overcoming Stress

Harold H. Bloomfield (born October 8, 1944) is an American psychiatrist and author.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Bloomfield was born on October 8, 1944, in New York, NY to an accountant and housewife.[3] He grew up in New York City and showed interest in becoming a psychiatrist at age seven.[1][4]

Bloomfield graduated cum laude with a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and from the SUNY Downstate Medical Center with an M.D. with honors.[1][3][4]

He worked at the Kaiser Foundation's hospital in San Francisco as an intern from 1969 to 1970. He did his psychiatric residency at Yale University School of Medicine from 1970 to 1973.[3]


He received the David Berger Award in 1978 and the Golden Apple Award in 1982.[3] He worked at the Institute of Psychophysiological Medicine in El Cajon, CA from 1970 to 1973 and became its director of psychiatry in 1974.[3] He became a professor of psychiatry at Maharishi International University in 1974.[3] He was adjunct professor of psychiatry at Union Graduate School and director of his own practice called Age of Enlightenment Center for Holistic Health in San Diego, California from 1972 to 1973.[3]

Bloomfield has authored or co-authored 20 books[2] and was a founder of the American Holistic Medical Association.[4] He is the author of Making Peace with your Parents, Making Peace with Yourself, Making Peace with Your Step-Parents, Making Peace with Your Past, Hypericum (St. John's Wort) & Depression, How to Heal Depression, and the bestsellers How to Survive the Loss of a Love and TM: Discovering Inner Energy and Overcoming Stress.[1][2][5] According to his publisher his books have sold more than seven million copies and have been translated into over 30 languages.[1]

According to a 1986 survey published in the American Journal of Psychotherapy Bloomfield's book, How to Survive the Loss of a Love, was one of the top ten self-help books recommended by the 123 American psychologists in the survey.[6] Bloomfield received the Theodor Geisel Book Award in 1999.[3]

Bloomfield was influenced by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and traveled with the Maharishi in India.[4] He was a candidate for Governor of California in 1998 on the Natural Law Party ticket and received 27,000 votes.[7]

He has appeared in numerous TV shows including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, CNN, Good Morning America[2] and 20/20.[1] His work has also been reported in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Health, Prevention, Cosmopolitan and Forbes.

Bloomfield's book Making Peace with God was published in October 2003.[8]

Bloomfield has received the Medical Self-Care Book of the Year Award and the American Holistic Health Association Lifetime Achievement Award.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bloomfield married Sirah Vetesse in 1982 and divorced 20 years later.[3] He has one child, a daughter.[4]

Legal issues[edit]

On December 19, 2001 Bloomfield was "charged with seven counts of unlawful drugging and three counts of sexual battery"[2] after he allegedly "drugged and fondled" four female patients who came to his home for counseling.[9] According to his defense attorney, Bloomfield began using drugs about four years earlier after a period of depression. His situation worsened after plastic surgery left him with chronic pain and he began to self-medicate using marijuana and Ecstasy.[10] In January 2002, after being released on $500,000 bail, Bloomfield plead guilty "to drugging and molesting two women in his" home.[11] Bloomfield agreed to cease practicing medicine as part of a plea agreement whereupon prosecutors dropped several other charges.[10]


  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love
  • Making Peace with your Parents
  • Making Peace with Yourself
  • Making Peace with Your Step-Parents
  • Making Peace with Your Past
  • Hypericum (St. John's Wort) & Depression
  • How to Heal Depression
  • TM: Discovering Inner Energy and Overcoming Stress
  • Making Peace with God


  1. ^ a b c d e f Unknown author Harold H. Bloomfield Harper Collins publisher
  2. ^ a b c d e Unknown author (December 20, 2001) Self-help guru charged with sexually battering patients, CNN, retrieved October 2, 2012
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Unknown author (January 1, 2004). "Bloomfield, Harold H. 1944-". Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2013 – via HighBeam Research.
  4. ^ a b c d e Edwards, Catherine (August 14, 2000) That Psychiatrist on the Couch Isn't Crazy, Insight on the News
  5. ^ Goldberg, Philip (2011) Harmony Books, American Veda, p. 167
  6. ^ Author unknown (July 6, 1989) Feeling Gloomy? A good self-help book may actually help New York Times, retrieved October 4, 2012
  7. ^ Unknown author (Nov. 5, 1998) New York Times election results for 1998 California Governor New York Times, retrieved October 2, 2012
  8. ^ Bloomfield, Harold (2003). Making Peace With God: A Practical Guide. Diane Pub Co. ISBN 978-0756784935.
  9. ^ Staff writer, (December 20, 2001) Psychiatrist Accused of Fondling Patients, Los Angeles Times, "author of New Age self-help books was arrested Wednesday on charges he drugged and fondled female patients. Dr. Harold H. Bloomfield, who specialized in meditation, is suspected of fondling women from four states who came to his home in Del Mar for counseling"
  10. ^ a b Soto, Onell R. (January 24, 2002) Psychiatrist pleads guilty, may avoid jail, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
  11. ^ NYO staff (February 11, 2002). "A Cookie Full of Arsenic.(". The New York Observer (New York, NY). Retrieved 2013-04-19.

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