In-Person Group

12-Week Shopping Addiction

In-Person NYC* Group

Begins March 14th

Free Teleseminar, March 2

Are You Concerned About Your Shopping and Spending?

If the Answer is Yes, We Can Help.

Here’s how:

The focus of the 12-week Shopping Addiction In-Person NYC* Group is on providing help for shopping addiction through changing problematic buying behavior. The program employs a wide array of techniques to achieve this goal.You’ll acquire many practical tools and learn a variety of relevant skills and strategies in a confidential space, while building relationships and gaining confidence and support from your peers.

There will be a free teleseminar on March 2nd, 2017 at 9 p.m., Eastern, which will introduce you to the program and give you tools to use immediately. You’ll get a good idea of what the group will be like. This will help you make a mindful decision about whether or not to join. To be invited to the teleseminar, enter your email address at the bottom of this page.

What will I learn?

  • How to identify triggers, cues and consequences of your overbuying
  • How to manage and control overspending urges
  • How to mindfully engage with catalog, TV, Internet, and store buying
  • How to track your spending and evaluate your proposed purchases
  • How to set relevant, achievable goals and go after them
  • How to learn what you’re really shopping for and how to get that
  • How to deal with the inevitable lapses and relapses that are part of recovery

The group is in email contact during the week in between sessions and after each group meeting, the group gets a debriefing email from the group coaches, recapping progress toward goals, reviewing the most important points that came up during the group, and previewing the work for the next week.

Why group?

This powerful 12-week help for shopping addiction coaching group offers a time-tested combination of peer support, encouragement, and feedback under the guidance of a nationally recognized expert in this problem to help you conquer the urge to overshop. The presence and support of others who share your challenge helps to transform isolation to hope, and offers the encouragement each group member needs to stay motivated and create healthy change. Group coaching also helps break through the wall of denial of this self-destructive behavior, leading to awareness and positive action rather than avoidance and fostering hope. Members share triumphs and disappointments and grow from both.

When and where does the group meet? 

  • When: The next 12-session in-person group will begin on March 14th, 2017 and meets once a week on 12 consecutive Tuesdays from 7:00 pm-8:40 pm. The dates are:

March 14, 21, 28
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • Where: Location will be at 156 5th Avenue, Suite 1223 (between 20th and 21st street).

*Because we haven’t had an in-person NYC group in quite a while, preference will be given to people attending the group in person.  If there are any spaces left, a few people may be able to attend by telephone.

There will be a free teleseminar on March 2nd, 2017 at 9 p.m., Eastern, which will introduce you to the program and give you tools to use immediately. You’ll get a good idea of what the group will be like. This will help you make a mindful decision about whether or not to join. To be invited to the teleseminar, enter your email address at the bottom of this page.

Who’s leading the group? 

Marcela Torres, LCSW, Clinical Coordinator, Stopping Overshopping, LLC and Jeannie Elder, LMHC, NCC co-lead the group.

Marcela Torres-Noguera, LCSW, is a bilingual licensed social worker, who helped in the original development of the Stopping Overshopping Program. Marcela has also worked with  individual overshoppers and co-led in-person groups. She has extensive experience providing individual and family counseling/therapy to families involved in the New York City Child Welfare system.

 Jeannie Elder, LMHC, NCC is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice, with experience treating people with mood and personality disorders, OCD symptoms, shopping eating disorders, members of the LGBTQI community, as well as survivors of sexual assault.  Jeannie has had extensive training with Dr. April Benson in the Stopping Overshopping method of treatment.

What’s the course material? 

Each group member receives:

A copy of: To Buy or Not to Buy: Why We Overshop and How to Stop

by April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

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The companion Shopping Journals

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What’s the fee? 

The fee for the 12-week group is $1250 (including book & journals). Group members who pay in full by the first group meeting will receive a 10% discount.

How do I get started? 

To be notified when we do the free teleseminar, please enter your name and email address below.

If you know that you want to be a part of our next group, you can register here.

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