Dr. April Lane Benson: Stopping Overshopping


For many of us women, shopping is synonymous with the excitement of the new, the beautiful, the tantalizing, even the exotic. How transformed we would be, how content, if only we had that dress, that sofa, that jewel. The very prospect of shopping can transport us from feeling entrapped by the limits of our lives into a universe of possibilities. But the act of shopping can signal danger, when we shop by compulsion, by our pressing need to shut off painful feelings or experiences, or by an overwhelming, overpowering desire to create our identity [and therefore, our worthiness] based upon what material goods we possess. As today’s Guest Expert, Dr. April Lane Benson explains, dependency upon shopping can grow into a genuine addiction, jeopardizing not only your finances, but your relationships.

No matter how much you love to shop, no matter how much joy it brings you, compulsive buying is a serious issue. Dr. April Lane Benson’s book, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop, her treatment program, and her coaching sessions provide concrete tools and skills to help people who suffer shopping addiction — “a genuine, destructive, and treatable illness.”



April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She is co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. In private practice in New York City for over 30 years, she is editor of  I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self (Aronson, 2000), and author of To Buy or Not to Buy?: Why We Overshop and How to Stop. Dr. Benson and her associates offer both individual treatment and group coaching, in person and on the telephone. She also trains therapists who want to learn to work with overshoppers.

Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media, most recently on the “PBS Nightly Business News”, “Good Morning America”, the “Today Show”, the CBS Evening News, and the “Morning Show with Mike and Juliet … and has been quoted by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Toronto Star.

Her work has also been referenced in leading magazines, including Time, Money, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Ladies’ Home Journal, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Marie Claire, and a variety of internet publications.

You may reach Dr. Benson at info@stoppingovershopping.com and via her wonderful website, http://www.shopaholicnomore.com