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“Shopaholic” is a term people use lightly. It can mean impulse buying, binge shopping, over spending, shopping addiction, or buying things you don’t need. Another term used is Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBC). For some people it can cause regret, worry or a feeling of not being in control. If you want some help with your shopping habits, CBT for Over Shopping can help.

Mary Cross, MSW RSW
Mary Cross, CBT Therapist

Common Signs of Over Shopping

  • Spending beyond what you can afford
  • Regretting your purchases
  • Hiding what you bought from a loved one
  • Feeling compelled to buy things
  • Buying things when you feel sad, angry or bored.

We live in a North American consumer culture that encourages us to shop. Buying things can feel nurturing, can help us feel special or that we accomplished something. Also, we need to buy essentials. We all need to shop. So it’s not shopping, but “over shopping” that you might want help with.

CBT Triangle
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving.”


  1. I’ll get to know you, your background, and understand you.
  2. Together we look at how much you shop, why you shop, and how it is affecting you.
  3. We then make a plan that fits your values and budget around shopping.

Here’s a 6 1/2 minute video explaining research about Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD)

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