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My approach is to provide you with support, to leverage wellness and motivation for change, to facilitate personal growth and relational wellbeing, to provide feedback, and to respectfully assist in your search for meaning - in order to help you resolve current problems and long-standing patterns.

somov's books

  • Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time
    Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time
    by Pavel Georgievich Somov, Ph.D.
  • Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control
    Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need for Control
    by Pavel G. Somov
  • The Lotus Effect: Shedding Suffering and Rediscovering Your Essential Self
    The Lotus Effect: Shedding Suffering and Rediscovering Your Essential Self
    by Pavel Somov
  • The Smoke-Free Smoke Break: Stop Smoking Now With Mindfulness and Acceptance
    The Smoke-Free Smoke Break: Stop Smoking Now With Mindfulness and Acceptance
    by Pavel Somov, Marla J., Ph.D. Somova
  • Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating
    Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating
    by Pavel Somov
  • Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change
    Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change
    by Pavel Somov Ph.D.
  • Mindful Emotional Eating: Mindfulness Skills to Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation and Optimize Coping
    Mindful Emotional Eating: Mindfulness Skills to Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation and Optimize Coping
    by Pavel G. Somov
  • Four Legs of Support: Building a Radically Humanistic Relationship of Love
    Four Legs of Support: Building a Radically Humanistic Relationship of Love
    by Pavel Somov
  • The Sixth Battle of Acedia: Meaninglessness - a Mid-Life Opportunity
    The Sixth Battle of Acedia: Meaninglessness - a Mid-Life Opportunity
    by Pavel Somov
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    Mindfulness-focused workshops in AU

    (through Tatra Training Services)

    16-17 June 2016 – Sydney, Australia

    20-21 June 2016 – Brisbane, Australia

    23-24 June 2016 - Melbourne, Australia

    27-28 June 2016 - Adelaide, Australia

    30 June and 1 July 2016 – Perth, Australia

     

    Tuesday
    Dec132016

    2016 Mindfulness Combo Workshop DVD/CD Released by TATRA

    "Mindfulness—once an ancient practice honed in Buddhist monasteries—is now a mainstream, evidence-based, secular intervention employed by trained health and mental health professionals worldwide. Research continues to show that mindfulness is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, stress, pain relief, and many other ailments other such as burnout. But, Mindfulness can also be effectively used to help clients with other serious issues like: emotional eating and weight gain, smoking, insomnia, impulsive behaviours, and problematic habit patterns."

    http://www.tatratraining.com/the-mindfulness-combo-innovative-mindfulness-techniques-for-emotional-eating-weight-loss-smoking-cessation-substance-misuse-breaking-problematic-habits-impulse-control-anxiety-and-depression-2/

    Tuesday
    Dec132016

    2016 Anger Management Workshop DVD/CD Released by TATRA

    "Dr Somov’s “Anger Management Jumpstart and Beyond“ offers step by step solutions for transforming and not just taming, the harmful energy of anger, fear, resentment and righteousness into self-awareness, compassion and most importantly, long lasting behavioural change."

    Tuesday
    Dec132016

    Going Back to Australia in 2018

    Going back to Australia with a new workshop!

    from TATRA: "TATRA will soon host two fascinating tours with seminars on this very topic: one with Dr Pavel Somov on "10 Lessons of Rubber-Like Resilience: Learning How to Bounce Back From Stress, Snap Back To Baseline & Stretch With Change", and another one with Dr John Arden on The Brain Based Techniques for Emotional Intelligence. Watch this space!"

    Tuesday
    Dec132016

    Quoted in 24life.com

    Quoted in a wonderful article by Dina Cheney "Enjoy Your Food For Better Health" http://www.24life.com/enjoy-your-food-for-better-health/#.WElvwFPz_xg.twitter  The article also features quotes from Drs. David Katz, Mark David, and Mark Hyman.

    Friday
    Sep232016

    IRETA reviews Somov's "Recovery Equation" Approach to Substance Use/Addictions 

    IRETA (Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions) published an article "Comparing 12-Step and Non-Step Models of Addiction Recovery" (2013) which offers a (favorable) review of my approach to substance use treatment.  Here's an excerpt: 


    Recovery Equation is Pittsburgh psychologist Pavel Somov’s novel approach to drug and alcohol treatment.  His theory draws from a variety of teachings such as cognitive behavioral therapycognitive dissonancestress inoculation, and motivational enhancement therapy.  Somov views recovery as the sum of three components: the development of motivation for change, choice awareness, and use prevention skills. Dr. Somov’s model has been implemented in the Allegheny County Jail and it has been well received by patients because it stresses useful skills that patients can put into practice almost immediately. [...]

    I have heard strong opinions from 12-step supporters that AA/NA is the only successful treatment for addiction.  After all, they say, AA has been around for 70+ years for a reason: it works.  But when I visited the Allegheny County Jail as an IRETA Scaife Fellow this June, I was introduced to Dr. Somov’s model and was struck by how it approached recovery from a slightly different angle.

    For example, AA’s first step can be a big hurdle for many addicts, as it is difficult to accept total “powerlessness” against a substance.  Pavel Somov might say that every time addicts use, they let an inanimate object control their actions and give the substance more power than it deserves.  This idea gets close to the “powerlessness” that AA speaks about.

    In the end, both of these models address the idea of powerlessness in addiction, but approach it from slightly different perspectives.  It is up to clinicians to decide which viewpoint or viewpoints will reach each patient."

    Friday
    Sep232016

    I had the privilege of writing a foreword for Dezelic's and Ghanoum's new book Trauma Treatment - Healing the Whole Person: Meaning-Centered Therapy & Trauma Treatment Foundational Phase-Work Manual (2016)

    Thursday
    Sep222016

    Publicity Updates

    I have not maintained the publicity page in a while: my apologies.  A quick recap since the last entry ...  

    A major highlight is that my approach to dealing with self-criticalnessa and perfectionism has been, in fact, empirically validated. A recent, randomized study—published by Mindfulness Journal—shows that my approach (which I described in my 2010 book Present Perfect) is effective as a standalone intervention. The study found that those who had read the Present Perfect book experienced a statistically significant reduction of self-criticalness, a result that was still maintained at a six weeks follow-up (Wimberley, Mintz, & Suh, Mindfulness, Nov. 2015).

    Another big highlight: I've gone international with my workshops - this past summer I had a great pleasure teaching mindfulness-based internventions in Australia (through TATRA).

    What else?  My work has been mentioned in the O, Oprha Winfrey Magazine (August 2016 issue).  Here's the pic with the quote.

    What else?  While in Australia, I got to meet Ven. Tang of the Thich Quang Duc Monastery in Melbourne.  Two of my books, Present Perfect and Lotus Effect, were dedicated to Thich Quang Duc, the Burning Monk.  It was a privilege to meet Ven. Tang and spend some time with him.  Here's a pic to go with that moment.

    What else?  I am sure I'm forgetting something.  Oh, well ... 

    Ah, yes, another translation, this time of Reinventing the Meal into Portuguese. 

    Thursday
    Jul182013

    The efficacy of Present Perfect is being empirically tested! (by Tessa Wimberley and Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., University of Florida).  Specifically, a small randomized clinical trial is being conducted at the University of Florida.  The hypotheses under investigation are that participants who read the book over a course of six weeks will evidence decreases in maladaptive perfectionism, negative affect and perceived distress.  Additionally, increases in mindfulness are also expected.

    Friday
    Sep092011

    Wednesday
    Sep072011

    "Eating the Moment" translated into Chinese

    用心吃,不要用力吃-141個打造健康飲食的新習慣

     

    Monday
    Aug082011

    "Lotus Effect" has been translated into Dutch

    Het Lotus Effect: schud je ego af en ontdek je ware zelf

    Spectrum 2011 www.unieboekspectrum.nl

     

    Tuesday
    Jun142011

    updates:

    Present Perfect interview on June 20th, 2011, 3:40pm, KNNW/Seattle with Vicki St. Claire | www.ConversationsLive.net

    Present Perfect interview: 6/13/2011, 12:55pm EASTERN, KTRR-FM metro Denver CO, Live, with Midday Show

    Tuesday
    May242011

    "Lotus Effect" radio tour continues:

    5/27, 12:55pm EASTERN, KTRR-FM metro Denver CO, Live, with Midday Show
     
    5/30, 1pm EASTERN, CJAD-AM Montreal Quebec, Live, with Kim Fraser Show

    6/1, 9:35am EASTERN, WOCA-AM Ocala FL, Live, with Larry Whitler Show, Top Rated

    6/6, 8:10am EASTERN, WICH-AM New London/Norwich CT, Live, with Old New England, Top Rated

    6/8, 10:20am EASTERN, KWYK-FM Albuquerque NM, Live, with Celebrity Weather

    6/15, 10:40am EASTERN, KCTA-AM Corpus Christi TX, Taped, with Morning News

    Tuesday
    May242011

    "Present Perfect" has been translated into Dutch:

    Goed Genoeg: Stop Met Streven, Begin Met Leven

    Tuesday
    May242011

    "Lotus Effect" radio interviews:

    1/21/11 11:30 am Lifestyle Talk Radio-national, w/Frankie Boyer, nationally syndicated

    1/24/11 9:10 am WPHM-AM/Detroit MI, w/Paul Miller, mid-sized AM

    1/24/11 10:10 am WLW-AM/Cincinnati OH, w/Jim Scott, 50,000 watt AM

    1/26/11 9:35 am WRVC-AM/Huntington WVA, w/Jean Dean, top-rated AM

    1/26/11 10:10 am WCUB-AM/Green Bay WI, w/Breakfast Club, mid-sized AM

    1/26/11 1:30 pm CJAD-AM/Montreal QUE, w/Kim Fraser, 50,000 watt AM

    1/26/11 2:30 pm WKAZ-FM/Charleston WV, w/Mike Fitzgerald, 50,000 watt FM

    1/26/11 4:00 pm Progressive Radio Network, What Women Must Know, ntnlly syndctd

    1/31/11, 3:30pm EASTERN, KKNW-AM Seattle WA w/Conversations with Vicki St Clair, 50,000 watts

    2/3/11 12:30 pm WKBK-AM/southern NH, w/Steve DeMasco, mid-sized AM

    3/5/11 11:30 am KQTH-FM/Tucson AZ, w/Circles of Change, mid-sized FM

    4/6/11 10:30am EASTERN, VoiceAmerica Network-national, w/ The Kathryn Zox Show, National Syndicated

    Tuesday
    May242011

    On 10/12/10 interview re: Present Perfect on Martha Stewart Radio/Whole Living with Terri Trespicio.  It was fun!

    Tuesday
    May242011

    Tuesday
    May242011

    "Eating the Moment" by Pavel Somov is referenced/quoted in Celina Ottaway's article "Conscious Eating: Mind Games" article in Martha Stewart's Publication "Body+Soul" (April 2009 issue).

    Tuesday
    May242011

    11.26.08 Pavel Somov on "Fully Alive!" Catholic Channel/Sirius Satellite Radio/interview focused on holiday eating and Thanksgiving.