Mindful Emotional Eating: A mindfulness-based harm-reduction approach to managing emotional eating - Dr Pavel Somov




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Instant Access — Recorded on 20th May 2021

Approved for 6 CPD/CE credits


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Registration for this event will close on 19th May 2022.


Traditionally, emotional eating is a taboo.  In this course, psychologist Pavel Somov offers a “cultural and clinical permission” to eat emotionally… with moderation.  This radically humanistic, mindfulness-based, and harm-reduction oriented approach is designed to help your clients transcend shame and self-loathing associated with this common-place and long-standing oral coping tradition.

While Somov’s approach to emotional eating is unique, it is not without a precedent.  As part of the introduction, Somov will review the existent clinical literature on harm-reduction approaches to emotional eating, namely, the work of Linda Craighead and her Effective Emotional Eating approach. The introduction part of this training will also encourage participants to take a deep dive into our eating lives.  To accomplish this, Somov uses a variety of multi-discipline “pattern interruption questions” to re-examine and re-think the meaning of eating.

Somov proposes that emotional eating is a legitimate form of self-care and teaches clients and clinicians how to “leverage more coping per calorie.” In the course of this training, you will master an original clinical curriculum designed to facilitate short-term awareness-building tactics and long-term habit acquisition strategies.

Numerous original exercises and meditative techniques are discussed so as to assure a more conscious alliance with food during moments of emotional distress.  Some of these methods include mindfulness-based and metacognition-based impulse-control training to assist clients with managing cravings.  Somov also employs unique choice-awareness and pattern interruption techniques to “awaken the mind” and to “keep the mind awake” during mindful emotional eating episodes.  Additionally, Somov offers what he terms “stress-free stress reduction” – a bottom-up, body-based approach to relaxation training which is based in Anapanasati-style breath awareness so as to counter potentially performance-oriented and, thus, potentially, stress-inducing Pranayama-style breath-work.
The training also provides powerful attitudinal repositioning away from perfectionistic self-denial and towards self-acceptance and self-compassion.

In the final part of the workshop, Somov offers emotion-specific applications of mindful emotional eating, as well as a paradigm-shifting rethinking of binge-eating.  Somov discusses how to work with resistant binge-eating cases, with clients who cling to binge-eating, and how to help them “sublimate” their binge-eating/restrictive-eating rollercoaster into a cutting-edge health platform of intermittent fasting.  The workshop ends with a brief analysis of various night-time eating patterns and a review of specific strategies for addressing night-time “vegging.”

Learning Objectives

1. At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to articulate the fundamental differences between abstinence-based and harm-reduction-based approaches to emotional eating.

2. At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to list humanistic and harm-reduction-oriented principles of mindful emotional eating.

3. At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to instruct clients in the use of a metacognitive/mindfulness-based craving-control skill.

4. At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to employ a variety of awareness-building techniques to assist clients with being more mindfully present during an emotional eating episode.

5. At the end of the workshop, the learner will be able to differentiate several types of nighttime eating.


00:07:16 Part I: Eating As Such & Emotional Eating
00:32:28 Part 2: Mindless & Mindful Eating
00:50:55 Part 3: Mindful Emotional Eating (MEE) & Harm Reduction (HR)
01:21:45 Part 4: Short Term Mindful Emotional Eating
03:24:10 Part 5: Long Term Mindful Emotional Eating
04:27:32 Part 6: Emotion Specific Applications
04:55:50 Part 7: Harm Reduction for Binge Eating & Bulimic Patterns
05:34:43 Part 8: Mindful Nighttime Eating
05:51:43 Q&A

About the Speaker

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”.


CPD & CE credits available: 6

How do I receive these credits?

The participant must pass the multiple-choice test with a minimum score of 80%. There is a maximum of three attempts to achieve this.

The post-test is included in the price of the training.

Does my regulatory body accept the credits?

The CPD & CE credits awarded can be used towards your declaration to any governing regulatory body in your state or country, provided the content is relevant to your discipline.

Our trainings are accredited by:

– The CPD Group, London
– Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Australian Counselling Association

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Mindful Emotional Eating: A mindfulness-based harm-reduction approach to managing emotional eating - Dr Pavel Somov

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