Somov works as a psychologist in private practice. He authored 7 mindfulness-based books, some of which have been translated into Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese. He has also published articles on the use of group-based psychodrama and logotherapy in the context of substance use/addictions treatment.
He grew up in Moscow, Russia and after his service in the Soviet military immigrated to US in early 1990s. He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from SUNY Buffalo. He is on the Advisory Board of The Mindfulness Project (London). Somov's clinical practice site is www.drsomov.com