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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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    Shame, Guilt and Self-Criticism Certificate Course

    (through PESI)

    March 21-22, 2019 - Oakland, CA

    April 11-12, 2019 - Dallas, Tx

    Overcoming Perfectionism and Procrastination with Mindfulness

    Aug 3, 2019 - London, UK

    Mindfulness-focused workshops in AU (2016 & 2018)

    (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

     

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    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."