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Counseling for Over-shopping and Over-spending

Why do people overshop/overspend?

  • Grief and loss (to fill a void)
  • Anger/Feeling Life is Unfair (to get back/make life right)
  • Depression (to get a lift)
  • Anxiety/Stress (to comfort or soothe)
  • Acceptance/Competition (to fit in)
  • Power/Control (to feel empowered or in control)
  • Boredom/Excitement (to live on the edge)
  • Shame/Low Self-esteem (to distract from feelings of worthlessness)
  • Entitlement/Reward (to compensate for overgiving or sacrifice)
  • Rebellion/Initiation (to break into one's own identity)

Consequences of overshopping/overspending:

  • Loss of time
  • Loss of space
  • Loss of relationships
  • Loss of health
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Embarrassment of others
  • Loss of focus
  • Loss of reputation
  • Loss of property
  • Other legal issues
  • Loss of finances

Help for overshopping/overspending:

  • Read books
  • Counseling
  • Medications
  • Support groups
  • Avoid friends who are shoppers
  • Enlist family/friends' help
  • Avoid places where one might shop/spend
  • Find new hobbies
  • Educate self on health hazards/negative consequences
  • Watch educational TV shows on this or related topics

The Program

The Shulman Center program has been continually evolving and fine-tuning from its earliest successful results. Typically, 90% of our clients enroll in and successfully complete the basic program structure:

  • 10 one hour-long sessions with Mr. Shulman in person or by phone within a 90 day period
  • For one of these 10 sessions, it is highly recommended that a family member or friend attend a "joint session"
  • A 30-day follow-up session with Mr. Shulman in person or by phone
  • Reading and working from one or more of Mr. Shulman's books or books by other recommended therapists
  • Participation in either a local and/or online support group (Mr. Shulman created and has moderated a confidential online group for recovering theft addicts since 2000).

Note: Participation in the Shulman Center program includes any and all letters for court and/or employment issues at no extra charge

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Counseling - Overshopping & Overspending
Bought Out And $pent
Recovery from Compulsive
$hopping and $pending
By Terrence D. Shulman
248.358.8508
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Bought Out and Spent by Terrence Daryl Shulman
  The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending and Hoarding
 
Terrence Shulman
JD, LMSW, ACSW, CAADC, CPC
Founder/Director of
The Shulman Center
Shopaholics Anonymous

"Overshopping /Overspending is
more than about
poor budgetary or savings habits;
many people need professional psychological help"

- 2006 Stanford Study

     
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