I am Petra Beumer, owner of the Mindful Eating Institute in Santa Barbara, California. I received my master's degree in behavioral psychology at the University of Hamburg/Germany. I am a mindful eating and emotional self-care expert with over two decades in counseling and health promotion experience. My passion is to help my clients be at peace with food and their body, to practice good emotional self-care, and to create a lighter existence - both physically and emotionally.
I have been successfully practicing as a counselor and health educator, assisting thousands of clients in making positive lifestyle changes. I taught weight loss classes for over four years at a local clinic and have given several talks on weight regulation and emotional eating, both to hospitals as well as corporations.
As a lifestyle consultant, I developed and facilitated work-life balance workshops at the prestigious California Health & Longevity Institute and consulted as a health educator at a well-respected Santa Barbara health center. My specialty areas are weight management, emotional eating and self-care. In my work, I combine cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness and self-compassion practices. My treatment model is strength-based and deeply rooted in positive psychology.
I have given several talks for the American Heart Association on the topic of Stress and Emotional Eating and am a regular guest speaker at Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital. I have also shared my wisdom and expertise in my role as Self-Care Specialist at the luxurious Golden Door Resort & Spa, and facilitated Mindful Wednesday sessions for the employees of Santa Barbara County.
My "prescription" for wellness is to love yourself deeply, to honor your energy levels and boundaries, to stand in your own light, to speak your truth and to be YOU - unapologetically.