The Stopping Overshopping model is a comprehensive 12-week experience that draws from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. The program teaches specific tools, strategies, and skills to help those who overshop break the cycle that leads to compulsive buying and develop the ability to lead a richer and fuller life.
Approaching the problem from affective, cognitive, and behavioral standpoints, a wide range of techniques are employed to help each client eliminate self-defeating behavior and replace it with constructive interests, relationships, and competencies. Underpinning the entire program is the non-judgmental stance of radical acceptance, which involves seeing clearly and then holding that with compassion. From the first meeting, clients are encouraged to adopt this centuries old method for eliminating suffering.
Dr. Benson will provide a detailed description of the model, both structure and content, illustrate the model with a vignette of her work with a particular overshopper, and present the results of a pilot randomized controlled study of the efficacy of this model. Results showed significant improvement on (a) all compulsive buying measures, (b) amount of money and time spent, and (c) number of compulsive shopping episodes, all of which were well-maintained at six-month follow-up.
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April Lane Benson, PhD, is the author of To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop and the editor of I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self. She has appeared for interviews on national television shows such as CBS Evening News, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many more. Dr. Benson holds a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology and has earned post-graduate certificates in Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. She has been in private practice for over twenty-five years in New York City. Dr. Benson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. For more information about Dr. Benson and her work, please visit www.shopaholicnomore.com.