Therapists Trained by Dr. Benson

errherapists That Have Specialized Training in  the Stopping Overshopping Program. Most of the therapists listed will work in-person, by phone, or by Skype:

Jean Deelstra, MSW, RSW
Unit 9 6400 Millcreek Drive
Mississauga Ontario Canada L5N 3E7
All sessions are in person
Fee: $120
Group therapy also available
Penelope J. Hooks, M.D.
3311 Richmond Avenue, Suite 330
Houston, TX 77098
Fees are $245/session
In-person visits for those in the area, Skype or Vsee for those who are not.
Denise Kelley, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
Asheville, NC 28803
Marcia Lavipour, LCSW, PhD
241 Central Park West, suite 1D, New York, New York 10024
Fee ranges from $100 – $200, and will slide if needed
Gretchen Lord, LCSW-R
19 West 34th Street, PH Floor
New York, New York 10001
 (347) 719-3027
Fees start at $125/ hr 
Groups and Individual Coaching and Therapy, In-person, by phone and Skype
Laura MacLeod, LMSW
New York, New York
Fees start at $125/ hr 
Groups and Individual Coaching and Therapy, In-person, by phone and Skype
Carla McNeil, LCSW
502 East Cornwallis Dr. Suite N
Greensboro, NC 27405
Sara Millstein, LCSW, PhD
330 West 58th Street  ste 506
New York, NY 10019
Terrence Daryl Shulman, JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CPC
P.O. Box 250008
Franklin, Michigan 48025
Linda M. Smith, Ph.D., LMFT
1407 M.D. Lane, Suite A
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Marcela Torres-Noguera, LCSW
19 W 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Fee: $80-$150
Spanish and English
Individual therapy and coaching in English and Spanish, In-person, by phone and Skype
For more information about Marcela Torres, click here
Carolyn McCarter Wood, M.Div., MSW, LCAS
OnTrack Financial Education and Counseling
50 South French Broad Ave.
Asheville NC 28801

This listing is for the sole purpose of listing those psychotherapists who have completed training offered by Stopping Overshopping LLC, as taught by April Lane Benson, Ph.D. Professional training for psychotherapists is offered in the understanding and treatment of overshopping and compulsive buying. Stopping Overshopping LLC, and April Lane Benson, Ph.D. have not investigated or verified the professional background, state licensure, competence, ethics or training (other than training by April Benson or Stopping Overshopping LLC) of the listed psychotherapists and can make no representations or warranties regarding the availability, suitability or quality of their services generally or for any individual. Stopping Overshopping LLC, and April Lane Benson, Ph.D. cannot be responsible for any harm caused by your reliance on, or any use made of, this listing or the services of a listed psychotherapist. Stopping Overshopping LLC, and April Lane Benson Ph.D. cannot be responsible in any way for any communication, consultation, evaluation or treatment that results from your contacting any listed psychotherapists.


  1. Helen Brown says:

    Dear Dr. Benson,

    Can you recommend a therapist specializing in compulsive shopping behavior in the San Francisco Bay Area?

    Thank you,

  2. Dr. Benson,
    I’m in desperate need of a Psychiatrist for my elderly mother who I have had to take in because of her spending. Can you please give me a referral to a Psychiatrist in Columbia, SC who specializes in this so that I can get her the help that she desperately needs? I would be eternally grateful and hopefully this will ease so many of the tensions in our relationship and life. The Psychiatrist must be able to take Medicare and she has an awesome Supplemental. Thanks again!


    • Dear Michael,

      I’m sorry to hear about the problems your mother is having. I sorry that I don’t know any psychiatrist in Columbia, South Carolina. y However, I doubt very much that you will need someone who specializes in overspending. I’d recommend that you ask friends and family or your health care providers for a referral.


      April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

  3. Dear Dr. Benson,
    Our 17-year old daughter is destroying our family with her compulsive shopping. She easily spends over a thousand each month. No matter what we have tried, we can’t stop it. We live in Litchfield County, CT (Lakeville), and would be SO grateful if you could please suggest professionals in our area or in NYC who take insurance. THANK YOU!

    • Dear Lina,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s compulsive shopping and the effect it’s having on your family. I’d be very happy to help you find someone to help your daughter. Please email me at and I can offer some suggestions.

      Warm regards,
      April Lane Benson, Ph.D.

  4. Samantha LoBosco says:

    Dr Benson,

    I am a 27-year old female living in Manhattan and have been struggling with shopping addiction for about 3 years now. My compulsive spending has caused me to be unable to afford the 12-week treatment plan that you offer. Please let me know if there are other treatment options available in NYC.


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