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Pavel Somov, Ph.D.
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Licensed Psychologist and Self-Help author
Pavel Somov, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice with over 20 years of clinical experience working with anger management, shame, guilt, self-criticism, eating issues, and perfectionism. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including running a drug and alcohol treatment program in a county jail.
Dr. Somov is on the advisory board for The Mindfulness Project (London, UK) and has conducted a variety of trainings for mental health professionals both domestically and internationally on applying mindfulness-based interventions to a variety of psychological issues.
His work has been discussed in a number of radio interviews and in print publications including Martha Stewart's Body + Soul Magazine and Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine. Dr. Somov is the author of Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change (PESI Publishing, 2013) as well as a number of self-help books on perfectionism, overeating, and addiction.
Financial: Pavel Somov maintains a private practice. He receives royalties as an author for New Harbinger Publishing and PESI Publishing & Media. Dr. Somov receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Pavel Somov is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association.
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- Characterize how shame, guilt, and apathy can function as impediments to clinical progress.
- Establish how clinicians can teach clients techniques to negate the sweeping generalizations that can lie behind shame.
- Discriminate guilt from regret and communicate how this informs therapeutic approach.
- Communicate how normalizing strategies can be used with clients to dissipate self-doubt.
- Articulate how Choice Awareness Training can be used in therapy to combat motivational apathy.
- Specify how techniques that reframe symptoms as strengths can be used to increase therapeutic effectiveness with self-critical clients.
- Assess the impact of exposure and mindfulness interventions on affect avoidance.
- Establish how exercises that help clients rediscover their self-worth can be used in trauma treatment.
- Communicate how shame pushes clients into binge eating and clarify how self-acceptance interventions can be used to reduce emotional eating.
- Determine how shame acts as a cover for anger and explain how compassion exercises can be employed to help clients let go of anger.
- Analyze research that establishes shame as a risk factor for suicide in depressed individuals.
- Address the importance of managing shame in clients with substance use issues in efforts to prevent relapse.
Shame, Guilt and Motivational Apathy as Impediments to Clinical Progress
- Therapy as a trigger and affect avoidance
- Clinical impasses (underutilization, stagnation, premature termination)
- Shame, guilt and a sense of not-deserving
- Secrets from self and from therapist
Tools for Catalyzing Progress in Therapy
- Normalizing, de-pathologizing, un-diagnosing
- Dialectic reframing & evolutionary psychology
- Mindfulness & metacognition
- Self-acceptance & self-compassion
- Neuroplasticity of internalization
Shame: Clinical Techniques to Move Therapy Forward
- Debunking the myth of self-sabotage
- Manage outside judgement with a self-referenced identity
- Techniques to negate sweeping generalizations
- Foster self-forgiveness with motivational innocence
Guilt: Help Clients Overcome the Debts of Guilt
- Differentiate guilt from regret
- Ordinary perfection & self-acceptance
- Master the fear of making mistakes
Self-Doubt, Dilemmas & Indecision: Interventions for Clients Paralyzed by Uncertainty
- Normalizing strategies to dissipate self-doubt
- Manage the anxiety of unpredictability with uncertainty training
- Make decisions easier with the art of arbitrary choice
- Reframe a dilemma as a choice between two rights
Motivational Apathy & Self-Inefficacy: Strategies to Improve Motivation and Autonomy
- Find a reason-to-change with the change equation
- Techniques that leverage intrinsic motivation
- Find freedom-to-change with Choice Awareness Training (CAT)
- Pattern interruption for habit change – get clients off autopilot
Self-Criticism and Self-Stigmatization: Quiet Your Client’s Inner Critic
- Varieties of self-deprecation (self-criticism, self-loathing, etc.)
- Techniques to reframe symptoms as strengths
- Compassion exercises for problematic habits of self-care
- Recover from the disease model
Working through Affect Avoidance
- Exposure, mindfulness & metacognition
- Top-down & bottom-up emotional self-regulation
- Cue-conditioning of self-Regulation
Connect Specific Strategies to the Treatment of:
- Damaged goods, survivor’s guilt & avoidance of conflict
- Somatic interventions to restore the original goodness
- Strategies to survive without guilt
- Conflict avoidance: Paper tigers v. real tigers
- Exercises to rediscover self-worth
Stress and Anxiety
- Mediate the paralysis of perfection with self-acceptance
- Non-neurotic, stress-free perfectionism
- Social anxiety as shame & self-doubt: disapproval inoculation & self-referencing
- Mindfulness-based, non-anxious self-consciousness
Emotional Eating & Binge Eating
- How shame pushes clients into binge eating
- Choice Awareness Training for moderation & presence
- Self-acceptance strategies for emotional eating
- Transcend body shame by dis-identifying from the physical
- Shame of fear: Shame as a cover for anger
- The vicious guilt-anger loop
- Self-acceptance techniques for internal damage control
- Compassion exercises to let go of anger
- Depression as self-exile
- Shame as a risk factor for suicide
- Mindfulness for managing rumination
- Metacognitive silence: From negative self-talk to selfaccepting non-talk
- Addressing the shame of relapse
- Self-assertive trigger avoidance
- Choice awareness techniques for habit modification
- Build craving/impulse control skill power
Betrayal, Secrecy & Deception
- Separation & divorce as self-care & progress
- Secrets from therapist without rupture of rapport
- De-pathologizing the motives behind lying & deception
Research, Limitations and Potential Risks
- Social Workers
- Addictions Counselors
- Case Managers
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Other Mental Health Professionals
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