Mindful Emotional Eating: a Humanistic, Harm Reduction Paradigm Shift - Pavel Somov


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NBCC Hours: 1.5

CPD / CE Credits: 2

TRAINING information

The workshop provides an overview of an original therapeutic approach for addressing emotional overeating. Somov offers a provocative clinical thesis: emotional eating is not a problem, it is emotional overeating that is a problem; or, stated differently: emotional eating is not a problem, mindless emotional eating is a problem. This unique approach is grounded in harm-reduction psychology and utilizes mindfulness-based and metacognitive clinical know-how. The approach is more than just a humanistic “cultural permission” to eat emotionally – it is an experiential curriculum designed to prevent shame-triggered relapses, to help clients recognize that emotional eating is a legitimate and intuitive form of self- care, and to position clients to “leverage more coping per calorie.”

Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will learn how to articulate a harm-reduction philosophy to managing emotional eating and how to address clients’ potential abstinence-informed objections.

2. Attendees will learn to differentiate mindful (effective) emotional eating from mindless (ineffective) emotional eating and binge-eating.

3. Attendees will learn how to help their clients make emotional eating more mindful, and, thus, more effective with the help of mindfulness and pattern interruption.

4. Attendees will learn how to utilize metacognition-based craving control strategies to prevent mindless emotional overeating lapses.

5. Attendees will learn how to utilize acceptance-based strategies to neutralize abstinence-based perfectionism and to facilitate habit formation as well as to prevent relapses.

About Pavel

Pavel Somov, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience and has worked and trained in a variety of clinical settings (community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, college counseling centers, correctional setting, behavioral medicine/pain clinic settings, VAs).

Dr. Somov has lectured domestically and internationally on the topics of mindful eating, perfectionism, anger management, and mindfulness applications for addressing worry, dysthymia, insomnia and substance use. His work has been discussed in a variety of interviews and print publications including Martha Stewart’s Body + Soul Magazine and Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine.

A member of the Advisory Board of the London Mindfulness Center (UK), he is the author of Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change (PESI, 2013), Mindful Emotional Eating: Mindfulness Skills To Control Cravings, Eat in Moderation and Optimize Coping (PESI, 2015), Reinventing the Meal (New Harbinger, 2012), Present Perfect: A Mindfulness Approach to Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need to Control (New Harbinger, 2010), and The Lotus Effect (New Harbinger, 2010). His essays and blogs have appeared on Huffington Post, PsychCentral.com, Intent.com, Psychology

Today online and he has appeared on Sirius Radio’s “Fully Alive”.


NBCC Hours: 1.5

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