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The Mindful Eating Institute, founded in 2017 by Petra Beumer, is a Santa Barbara-based counseling service that offers a comprehensive program to help clients achieve weight loss and develop a healthy relationship with food and their body. Petra's treatment model focuses on emotional self-care and aims to free individuals from restrictive dieting.

By combining cognitive-behavioral therapy with mindfulness meditation, the program provides personalized strategies to address emotional eating and establish lifelong weight management results. Clients are guided to understand and address the triggers of emotional eating, incorporate healthy self-nurturing rituals, and practice good emotional self-care.


The treatment model's goal is to help individuals create a lighter existence, both physically and emotionally, by fostering a deep sense of self-love and promoting the need to cope without resorting to emotional eating. The program is designed to be a permanent way of living and being, rooted in positive psychology, mindfulness principles, and self-compassion research. While located in Santa Barbara, the institute serves clients nationwide.

"It's not just about losing weight. It's about creating a lighter existence."


 Get the tools to establish a peaceful, relaxed relationship with food and learn

how to nurture and nourish yourself in healthy ways. 


Diets don't work long-term and create frustration and hopelessness. Are you the typical yo-yo dieter

who has been using food as a mood regulator? You are not alone.

By working with me you will learn to be in tune with your body and differentiate between physical and emotional hunger. The goal is to nurture and soothe yourself in healthy ways.

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Identify limiting beliefs that may prevent you from breaking free of emotional eating, and learn to nurture yourself in healthy ways.

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Petra offers one-day workshops and classes on the topic of Mindful Eating & Self-Care.

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