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Anger Management Jumpstart: A 4-Session Mindfulness Path to Compassion and Change

Forward by Ron Potter-Efron, Ph.D., anger expert and author of Healing the Angry Brain

We've come to think of anger as a destructive problem, and it certainly can be. Anger can also be a profound opportunity for existential transformation. Anger Management Jumpstart is a brief, field-tested clinical curriculum for breaking the impasse of chronic anger (either for a clinician or a self-helper).

This original, humanistic, solution-focused approach introduces 4 core mindfulness-powered change modalities: Impulse Control Training, Choice Awareness Training, Symbolic Threat Inoculation, and Somatic Emotional Self-regulation Training. Take yourself or your client on a journey of change from anger and frustration to compassion!


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Pavel Somov, Ph.D.
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Sep 30, 2013
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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,,, Psychology Today online and he has appeared on Sirius Radio’s “Fully Alive”.

Speaker Disclosures:

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.


"Anger Management Jumpstart offers a much-needed paradigm shift from previous methods for working in the anger minefield. Defusing human improvised explosive devices is never easy, which is why Somov’s practical and accelerated behavioral-change model is so appealing. The 4-session anger jumpstart program is deeply rooted in down-to-earth mindfulness training skills, excellent guided scripts for therapists, and a realistic anger recovery roadmap.

Anger Management Jumpstart offers step-by-step solutions (and soul-utions) for transforming the harmful poisons of anger, fear, and righteousness into self-awareness, compassion, and long-lasting behavioral change. But beware: This is not your grandfather’s boring textbook; it’s a fast-paced, stimulating, insightful, neuroscience-nuanced, and spiritually-spritzed journey that is sure to be satisfying, invigorating, and effective for both client and therapist.

Pavel Somov is unquestionably at the frontier of bringing potent mindfulness interventions into therapy. This pragmatic new book offers a quick and powerful booster charge of hope and positive traction for those who have been too long stuck in the rut of anger."
~ Donald Altman, MA, LPC, psychotherapist and author, One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Toolbox, and The Mindfulness Code

"Anger Management Jumpstart is a great addition to a clinician’s toolbox in the many trades of anger management and also to anyone who’s reconsidering the way they manage their anger. It’s very important to understand the impulses that drive the anger actions made and to guide the clients to different ways to see those impulses and get in control. The author brings effective and simple tasks to get you going in a different direction when faced with and anger impulse. There is much more to learn and practice inside this great mindful book."
~ Thay An Marie Vázquez-Méndez, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Puerto Rico, Member of the American Psychological Asociation and the APPR, the "Asociación de Psicologos de Puerto Rico", a psychology professor at EDP University, and she maintains a private practice

"In one weekend, this easy to read book has changed my approach to anger management. With simple experiential exercises, and in only a few sessions I can empower my patients to increase their self awareness of their angry feelings and co-exist with those feelings without impulsively responding to those angry feelings in unhealthy and destructive ways. My patients are given tools to find the solutions within themselves, which facilitates a meaningful and lasting change. Pavel has incorporated a complex neurobiological understanding of anger and behaviors into a simple yet elegant mindfulness model."
~ Jenna Saul, M.D., FAACAP

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