Private Shopping Addiction Program

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The Stopping Overshopping Private Coaching Program

The goal of our program is to:

  • Break the cycle that leads to compulsive buying
  • Transform from compulsive to controlled shopping
  • To teach skills, tools, and strategies to help you eliminate your compulsive buying behavior and develop the capacity to lead a richer life in the process.

Dr. Benson’s book, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop is the basic structure of the individual work, while during each 1-hour session the program is tailored to each person’s specific needs. The coaching approaches the problem from feeling, thinking, and behavioral levels and employs a variety of effective techniques to meet the goal of helping you to resist and eliminate self-defeating overshopping behavior and replace it with interests, relationships, and competencies that enhance your life rather than erode it.

Each individual will use To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop and the companion Shopping Journals. With these instruments, you will formulate specific, achievable, and measurable weekly goals. There is no set number of sessions, although it usually takes at least 12 x 60-minute sessions to get through the entire program.

Over the course of the 12 weeks, you will:

  • Explore why you overshop, how it all began, what triggers it, and what the consequences are.
  • Discuss your ambivalence about changing, the centrality of saving, and the high cost of credit card debt.
  • Track your spending and evaluate the relative necessity of each expenditure.
  • Learn how to resist the pull of the six major shopping magnets
  • Develop the capacity to shop mindfully by utilizing the wisdom of your body, your heart, your mind, and your spirit.
  • Find healthy alternatives based on your lifestyle
  • Learn how to anticipate lapses, avoid relapses, and plan for upcoming high risk situations.
  • Look at shopping with a wide-angle lens by shopping for ideas and experiences and, in the process, acquiring true wealth.

If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s buying behavior please contact Carrie Rattle:


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