April Lane Benson, Ph.D., specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She is the founder of Stopping Overshopping, LLC, an organization created to raise public awareness about compulsive buying, help individuals who suffer with this problem, and train professionals who want to enhance their theoretical and technical skills in working with overshopping clients. She is the editor of I Shop, Therefore I Am: Compulsive Buying and the Search for Self and the author of To Buy or Not To Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop.
Benson is the co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, the oldest outpatient eating disorders clinic in New York. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Her book, I Shop, Therefore I Am is a multidisciplinary exploration of compulsive buying and her recently published To Buy or Not To Buy presents a comprehensive approach to eliminating compulsive buying behavior. She has also contributed to Addictions: A Practical Handbook. and she's co-authored a chapter on social factors, social costs, and public policy regarding compulsive buying, in a soon-to-be published text by Oxford University Press, edited by Lorrin Koran, M.D., and Elias Aboujouade, M.D., both of Stanford University. She's written for the Psychotherapy Networker and has appeared and been quoted widely in the media including CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. She and her associates uses individual and group coaching and therapy, both in person and by telephone.
To register for her 12-Week Stopping Overshopping Coaching Group please visit her website.