April Benson

name April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She has been in private practice in New York City for over 25 years. Dr. Benson graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and has earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University. She holds post-graduate certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, in the treatment of eating disorders from the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and in Spirituality and Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Institute for Pastoral Counseling. Co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, the oldest outpatient eating disorders clinic in New York, Dr. Benson is also a faculty member, supervisor, and executive committee member there. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self (Aronson, 2000), Dr. Benson's recent book, takes a multidisciplinary approach to the problem of compulsive buying. It includes contributions from the fields of sociology, consumer behavior, marketing, community education, psychology, and psychiatry. "Treatment of Compulsive Buying," her chapter in Addictions: A Practical Handbook (Wiley, 2004), reviews the forms of treatment that are currently available for compulsive buying disorder and suggests the most effective way to formulate a treatment plan. Dr. Benson's next book, Stopping Overshopping, will be based upon the successful, research-based 10-week treatment program. Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media, most recently on "Good Morning America," the "Today Show," "ABC News Now," "BBC World Business Report," "Body and Soul" on NPR in Sweden, "The Business Shrink," "Your Turn," "Money Scope," "Love and Money," "The Dolens," "Your Money and Your Life," and in a documentary about "Shopping and Society" for Dutch Public Televisiongroup. Quoted in The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Toronto Star, she has also been referenced in Money Magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Simple Living, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper's Bazaar, Redbook, Marie Claire, and a variety of internet publications. Dr. Benson has taught therapists at a number of postgraduate institutes and college counseling centers about compulsive buying and its treatment. She offers an online course, I Shop Therefore I Am: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Buying. For details go to www.PsyBC.com. She also offers a workshop--"What Are We Shopping For?--for people who wish to explore their shopping behavior. She maintains a private practice in New York City. With the assistance of Ms. Marcela Torres and Dr. Kathleen Galek, Dr. Benson has created a ten-week group treatment program, Stopping Overshopping, which began in April, 2004. The next Stopping Overshopping group will begin in April, 2006.

Treatment for Shopping Addiction

25th February 2006
Shopping addiction is a disorder that our culture has largely seen fit to smile upon. Feelings of emptiness, low self-esteem, insecurity, boredom, loneliness--or the pursuit of ideal image--can lead people to shopping addictions. But managing these feelin... Read >