April Benson

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April Benson

<p>April Lane Benson, Ph.D., specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She is the founder of Stopping Overshopping, LLC, an organization created to raise public awareness about compulsive buying, help individuals who suffer with this problem, and train professionals who want to enhance their theoretical and technical skills in working with overshopping clients. She is the editor of <em>I Shop, Therefore I Am</em><em>: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self</em> and the author of <em>To Buy or Not To Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop</em>.</p> <p>Benson is the co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, the oldest outpatient eating disorders clinic in New York. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Her book, I Shop, Therefore I Am is a multidisciplinary exploration of compulsive buying and her recently published To Buy or Not To Buy presents a comprehensive approach to eliminating compulsive buying behavior. She has also contributed to <em>Addictions: A Practical Handbook</em>. and she's co-authored a chapter on social factors, social costs, and public policy regarding compulsive buying, in a soon-to-be published text by Oxford University Press, edited by Lorrin Koran, M.D., and Elias Aboujouade, M.D., both of Stanford University. She's written for the <em>Psychotherapy Networker</em> and has appeared and been quoted widely in the media including CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, <em>The New York Times</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post</em>, and the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, among many others. She and her associates uses individual and group coaching and therapy, both in person and by telephone.&nbsp;</p> <p>To register for her 12 Week Stopping Overshopping Coaching Group please visit her <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.stoppingovershopping.com/" target="_blank">website.</a></p> To get a free video of how 3 everyday women solved their overspending problems and how you can too, click <a rel="nofollow" href="http://stoppingovershopping.com/secrets/" target="_blank">here</a> &nbsp;

Stories by April Benson

In a fascinating article in The New York Times (Aug 17, 2011), John Tierney examines the solid experimental work behind the emerging concept of...
We are all familiar with the popularized image of the shopaholic. Think Isla Fisher in the 2009 hit movie Confessions of a Shopaholic. But growing...
Every minute of every day, inside and outside of every closet, there’s a women who thinks she’s got nothing to wear. Can you relate?...
In an interesting new article in the Japan Times Online, Michael Hoffman describes “danshari,” a lifestyle idea that complements three...
Early on in my study of consumer behavior, I attended a national conference on eating disorders. Catherine Steiner-Adair, one of the keynote speakers...
Four recent reports from three continents—Europe, Africa, and Asia—point to the widening net of shopping addiction. Coupled with my...
Recently, I discovered an article called “Attention Shopaholics” that was published in The Hindu, an Indian newspaper. To get a better...
Last Wednesday, I had a delightful and very informative Skype call with Jill Chivers, an Australian woman who took her compulsive buying bull by the...
Although not all compulsive buyers are particularly interested with such distinctions, there’s some uncertainty among the mental health...
With the holiday season upon us (and retailers lathered up for it), I want to remind us all (as I remind myself): a good holiday doesn’t have...
On November 10, I was a member of the personal finance panel at the Texas Conference for Women in Houston. The panel, Rebound and Recover: Strategies...
Last April, I wrote: I'm scratching my head about—and steeling myself for the potential fallout from—a new internet phenomenon, the Haul...
A study in the recent Archives of Neurology documents the connection between certain Parkinson’s disease medications and a significant increase...
A sometimes unrecognized (or unacknowledged) form of overshopping is compulsive returning. Here, the overshopper regularly attempts to undo her habit...
In a new study, published in the current issue of Psychological Science, Jordi Quoidbach and three colleagues demonstrate that money—even the...

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