“Shopaholic” is a term people use lightly. It can mean impulse buying, binge shopping, or buying things you don’t really need. But for some people it can cause regret, worry or a feeling of not being in control. Another term used is Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBC).
If there was ever a time to realize you might shop for entertainment or recreation rather than for what you need, it’s now. Covid-19 forced us to stay in and not go to stores. This time may have brought on anxiety or a sense of loss. Me too!
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 overshopping that you might want help with. If you are spending beyond what you can afford, regret your purchases, or feel the need to hide what you bought from a loved one, this probably means you could use some help. Or, maybe you need some help finding other ways to feel good beside buying things.
CBT can help.
I’ll get to know you, your history and background, and understand you. Together we can look at how much you shop, why you shop, and if it’s affecting your or your family’s finances, then make a plan that fits your values and budget around shopping. I offer tools and techniques to try out in order to become more aware of when and why you shop, and then help you make the changes that you want.
I do this using CBT tools and strategies that can empower you to make changes. I also help by understanding, supporting and caring about you. I believe that this can be a very short-term therapy.
Here’s a 6 1/2 minute video explaining research about Compulsive Buying Disorder (CBD)