The Stopping Overshopping Model: Therapy, Case Illustration, Preliminary Outcome Data
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 skills, tools, and strategies to help overshoppers break the cycle that leads to compulsive buying and develop the capacity to lead a richer life in the process.
Approaching the problem from affective, cognitive, and behavioral standpoints, a wide range of techniques are employed to help each client eliminate self-defeating overshopping 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.
During the webinar, I’ll present a detailed description of the model, both structure and content, illustrate the model with a vignette of my 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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