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...
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...
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...
A sometimes unrecognized (or unacknowledged) form of overshopping is compulsive returning. Here, the overshopper regularly attempts to undo her habit...
This is the last of six posts (scroll down to see all of my previous posts) on how overshoppers can respond to the pressure of the economic downturn...
In this series of posts, we’ve been exploring ways to seize the opportunity that the economic crisis presents to over-shoppers. Even before the...
In this series of postings, we’ve been coloring the landscape of self-kindness and examining healthier alternatives to shopping. The catalyst...
On Monday, February 22nd, the Credit Card Act of 2009 takes effect, outlawing several of the most egregious practices of the credit card companies....
Here are some stopping overshopping tips straight from the front lines of the struggle. They’re from the Web’s “frugalati,”...
We’ve been exploring the centrality of self-kindness to the process of stopping overshopping. It’s the all-important lubricant that keeps...
In my last posting, I introduced the idea that the current downturn might just be a tipping point for over-shoppers, that its economic pressure might...
“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good,” says a familiar proverb, and as with most proverbs, there’s a nugget of useful...
Now that you’ve gained some familiarity with the first two proven strategies, it’s time to introduce the third strategy, which will help...

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