Stopping Overshopping In-Person Group

On March 2, 2017, we held a teleseminar during which we discussed how to know if you have a shopping problem, the three most important competencies you need to stop overshopping, and how it feels as you stop overshopping. We also talked about our upcoming in-person coaching group — co-led by Marcela Torres, LCSW and Jeannie Elder, LMHC, NCC — that will be held in New York City, beginning March 14th.

To listen to the replay of the teleseminar, click here.

If you would like to register for the group, click here.

If you don’t live in the New York City area and would like to attend the group by telephone, click here.

The dates and times for this group are:

Tuesdays 7 p.m. Eastern

March 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
This group will meet at 156 5th Avenue, Suite 1223 (between 20th and 21st street).

The focus of the 12-week Shopping Addiction In-Person NYC Group is on providing help for shopping addiction through changing problematic buying behavior. The program employs a wide array of techniques to achieve this goal.You’ll acquire many practical tools and learn a variety of relevant skills and strategies in a confidential space, while building relationships and gaining confidence and support from your peers.

What will you learn?

  • How to identify triggers, cues and consequences of your overbuying
  • How to manage and control overspending urges
  • How to mindfully engage with catalog, TV, Internet, and store buying
  • How to track your spending and evaluate your proposed purchases
  • How to set relevant, achievable goals and go after them
  • How to learn what you’re really shopping for and how to get that
  • How to deal with the inevitable lapses and relapses that are part of recovery

The group is in email contact during the week in between sessions and after each group meeting, the group gets a debriefing email from the group coaches, recapping progress toward goals, reviewing the most important points that came up during the group, and previewing the work for the next week.

Why group?

This powerful 12-week help for shopping addiction coaching group offers a time-tested combination of peer support, encouragement, and feedback under the guidance of a nationally recognized expert in this problem to help you conquer the urge to overshop. The presence and support of others who share your challenge helps to transform isolation to hope, and offers the encouragement each group member needs to stay motivated and create healthy change. Group coaching also helps break through the wall of denial of this self-destructive behavior, leading to awareness and positive action rather than avoidance and fostering hope. Members share triumphs and disappointments and grow from both.

When and where does the group meet? 

  • When: The next 12-session in-person group will begin on March 14th, 2017 and meets once a week on 12 consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 pm-8:40 pm. The dates are:

March 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • Where: Location will be at 156 5th Avenue, Suite 1223 (between 20th and 21st street).

When: Each session is a Tuesday, beginning March 14th, 2017.

Who’s leading the group? 

Marcela Torres, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator, Stopping Overshopping, LLC and Jeannie Elder, LMHC, NCC co-lead the group.

Marcela Torres-Noguera, LCSW, is a bilingual licensed social worker, who helped in the original development of the Stopping Overshopping Program. Marcela has also worked with  individual overshoppers and co-led in-person groups. She has extensive experience providing individual and family counseling/therapy to families involved in the New York City Child Welfare system.

 Jeannie Elder, LMHC, NCC is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice, with experience treating people with mood and personality disorders, OCD symptoms, shopping eating disorders, members of the LGBTQI community, as well as survivors of sexual assault.  Jeannie has had extensive training with Dr. April Benson in the Stopping Overshopping method of treatment.

What’s the course material? 

Each group member receives:

A copy of: To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop

by April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

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The companion Shopping Journals


What’s the fee? 

The fee for the 12-week group is $1250 (including book & journals). Group members who pay in full by the first group meeting will receive a 10% discount.

How do you register? 

If you would like to register for our 12-session in-person coaching group, please choose your payment options below:

COURSE FEE: $1250, A 10% Discount is applied if you pay in full now ($1125)
To Register and Pay in Full Now ($1125), click button below:

INSTALLMENT PLAN: Total of $1250 – $650 due now, then $600 after the fourth session
To Register and Pay in 2 Installments, click button below:

If you have the book, enter coupon code BOOK at checkout and you’ll be credited $20. If you have both the book and the journals, enter coupon code BOOKJOURNALS at checkout and you’ll be credited $50.

Registration will close on March 12th, so that everyone will have time to do the assignment for the first group.

Once you’ve registered for the group, you will receive a link to complete the intake forms; the short Personal History Questionnaire, a demographic data form, a Memorandum of Understanding, two brief compulsive buying assessments, and a 2-week purchasing recall. When you’ve completed them and submitted them, either Marcela Torres or Jeannie Elder will contact you to set up a 15-minute individual intake telephone call.