Have a Good not a Goods Holiday: Let Go of the Baggage

Are you dreading the holidays? Are wishes, longings, fears, and expectations getting you down?

For many people, the end of year holidays are some of the most difficult times of the year, not only challenging, but potentially isolating.

Please join psychologist April Lane Benson, expert on compulsive buying disorder and author of To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop and actor Cheryl Stern, whose one-woman show, Shoes and Baggage, chronicles her recovery from compulsive buying disorder, for a Facebook live event

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 12th at 9 p.m., Eastern.

It’ll be our version of the holiday office party! No gifts allowed. Just honest, open conversation and lots of ideas about how to have a good, not a goods holiday that centers on meaningful experiences rather than stuff.

April will be talking with Cheryl about her personal experience of being an under earner and overspender, who is now using her talents to both help other people with these issues and turn her own underearning and overspending around in the process. We’ll focus on the special challenges that the holiday season poses and April will share her own knowledge and experience from more than twenty years working with compulsive buyers and from having been one herself.

Since this is a live broadcast, both panelists will be answering your questions as they come in.

A little bit more about April and Cheryl:

April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She is the ,editor of, I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self and author, To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop.

In private practice in New York City for over 35 years. Dr. Benson graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, 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 certificates in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy where she serves on the Board of Directors.sIn 1979, whe was a co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia in New York.

Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media, including What Would Jesus Buy?, a documentary about overconsumption in America during the holidays. She has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CBS Evening News,” “ABC News Now,” and “BBC World Business Report.” Radio appearances include the Diane Rehm Show, the Brian Lehrer Show, “The Peter Walsh Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio, “The Jean Chatzky Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio,and “the Business Shrink.” 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.

Broadway veteran actress and Jonathan Larson Award-winning writer, Cheryl Stern just received critical acclaim Off-Broadway for her new solo show, Shoes and Baggage, with music by Tom Kochan. Cheryl’s Broadway credits include the 2010 Tony Award Winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles, starring Kelsey Grammer, The Women with Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Tilly and Kristen Johnston, (Roundabout; filmed for PBS) and Laughing Room Only. Cheryl was also featured in Fiorello at Encores/NY City Center and in Candide at NY City Opera.


By Carrie Rattle

Carrie Rattle is a Principal at BehavioralCents.com, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence. Read More