Dr. Benson

Dr. April Benson

Dr. April Benson

April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She has been in private practice in New York City for over 25 years. Dr. Benson graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and has 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 post-graduate certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, in the treatment of eating disorders from the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and in Spirituality and Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Institute for Pastoral Counseling. Co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, the oldest outpatient eating disorders clinic in New York, Dr. Benson is also a faculty member, supervisor, and executive committee member there. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.

Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media, including What Would Jesus Buy?, a documentary about overconsumption in America during the holidays and she will appear in early December, 2009 in an episode of “The Secret Lives of Women” about shopaholics, for the Women’s Entertainment Network. For upcoming media, click here. Her most recent TV appearances were on “CNN,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CBS Evening News,” “ABC News Now,” and “BBC World Business Report.” Recent radio appearances include “Marc Sussman’s Money Messages” on Air America, “The Peter Walsh Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio, “The Jean Chatzky Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio, “Body and Soul” on NPR in Sweden, “the Business Shrink,” “Your Turn,” “Money Scope,” and “Love and Money” on XM Satellite radio. 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. For an online press kit, click here.

Dr. Benson has taught therapists at a number of postgraduate institutes and college counseling centers about compulsive buying and it’s treatment. Recently, she conducts 4-session didactic courses for therapist and 12-session trainings in the comprehensive treatment model that she and her colleagues have developed. For details, click here. Dr. Benson also teaches a course online, I Shop, Therefore I Am: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Buying. For details go to www.PsyBC.com.

Maintaining a private practice in New York City, Dr. Benson and her associates Dr. Kathleen Galek, and Dr. Sarah Weinberger-Litman, see individual compulsive buyers and work with small groups in the New York metropolitan area. They also provide telephone coaching, using the same program, with overshoppers outside of the New York metropolitan area.


  1. Joyce D Fuhrman says:

    can you recommend some in the cherry hill, nj area?

  2. Jennifer Gerard says:

    Hi. I am looking for a therapist who can help me. I live on Long Island and would like to know if you can refer a therapist to me as I have a shopping addiction.

    I look forward to tears to hearing from you!

    Warm Regards

  3. Buen día! Mi esposo es comprador compulsivo y pide dinero prestado sin medir consecuencias para lograr su meta, ya hoy ha provocado una crisis en nuestra familia y yo no se que decir a mis hijas, aquí en México donde podría llevar tratamiento? Gracias

  4. Joan juarez says:

    Would like a referral in the Los Angeles area please

  5. Cary appenz says:

    Hello. I live in Brooklyn and have begun the search for either an individual or group therapy counselor to help me with my shopping addiction.

    Also, do you or your associates take Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance?

    Thanking you in advance for your reply

    Most Respectfully,

    Cary Appenzeller

  6. Marti Stephen says:

    Hello Dr. Benson, I would love to know if you know any therapists in the Sacramento, California area. Thank you for doing such important work. I’m a compulsive over shopper and I need help. I am also getting a copy of your book.

    • Dear Marti,

      Thanks so much for your acknowledgment. Unfortunately, I don’t know any therapists in the Sacramento area. However, I’m going to e-mail you with some suggestions as to other possibilities.

      Warm regards,
      April Benson

  7. Marie Roberts says:

    Can you please refer me to someone in the Bostin area?

  8. Marie Roberts says:

    Dr Benson,
    I would like a referral to a Boston, MA therapist. Thanks in advance.

  9. Do you know of a therapist in St. Louis mo area? I need help

  10. Can you recommend a therapist or group therapy in the northern New Jersey area?

  11. Elizabeth Hardie says:

    I would like a referral for a therapist in the Philadelphia, PA area. Thanks for your help!

  12. Hello,

    Would you please send me any recommendations for therapists for spending addiction in the Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY areas?

    Thank you.

  13. Stephanie says:

    Can you recommend someone in Tampa,FL? Thanks!

  14. Margaret Cavalluzzi says:

    Dear Stephanie,

    Can you help me with a therapist in the Westchester County Area ? A plus if they take Blue Cross Blue Sheild

    Thanks so much !

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