Shopping can be fun but a shopping habit is something that requires treatment. If you have a problem with binge shopping, you know it needs to stop. Some joke about being a shopaholic but in reality, this can be a very harmful compulsion that can ruin your financial health and important relationships. Our counsellors can help.
The trained psychotherapists at Bayside Psychotherapy can help you overcome compulsive shopping disorder, also known as oniomania. We possess skills and tools that can help you overcome your addiction to buying too much. Working with a counsellor provides you access to various treatment methods including NLP, hypnotherapy, Buddhist psychotherapy, dream interpretation, mindfulness therapy, group therapy, and other counselling methods.
We can also offer online counselling options which would be a good option for those who are not local to the Bayside clinic or for those that prefer being treated from the comfort of their own home.
Its time to free yourself from the misery of your shopping addiction.
Do I really need professional help?
Well intended family and friends not infrequently tell people who have a shopping addiction that they simply need to budget better, or otherwise not to take the problem so seriously. But we understand the compulsion to shop is more about something other than what it appears to be about, and using will power alone, while admirable, is rarely effective in the long term. In fact, regardless of what advice others offer, if you take the problem seriously, we can help.
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book your confidential appointment. Let’s work together to help you gain control over your shopping patterns.
How do you know if you have a shopping problem?
Symptoms of binge shopping can include:
- Shopping when you are depressed, to feel better
- Buying things you don’t need
- Buying things you cannot afford
- Hiding your shopping habit from others, such as your spouse
- Feeling guilty or feelings of self-loathing before and/or after a shopping spree
- Becoming defensive or angry when people mention how often you shop or how much you buy
- Neglecting work, social and family commitments in favour of going shopping
Stopping compulsive shopping on your own can be very difficult. The cost is high, though. Draining your savings account, buying on credit, keeping secrets from your husband or wife, and shopping when you could be doing other things will have negative consequences. Our counsellors can help you overcome oniomania and we will also help you use tools you already have that will assist you.
How long will compulsive buying treatment take?
Timeframes for overcoming shopping addiction cannot be guaranteed but within a few sessions, we should have a good estimate whether or not initial treatment methods are working. Your dedication to overcoming this compulsion is a major factor. There may be more than one attempt at finding a viable treatment option for you but rest assured that your counsellor will work with you to help you overcome your compulsive shopping urges.
How is Bayside Psychotherapy’s treatment different?
Your counsellor will meet with you for an initial consultation, which will allow them to make a determination on an initial course of tailored treatment. Our unique blend of experience and training puts us in a position to blend a holistic set of approaches.
Consider downloading a recommended overcome shopping compulsion recording as well as engaging regular psychotherapy treatment.
Life can be free of the binding chains that shopping addictions create. Make your appointment today so you can get your life back.
Call us on (03) 9557 9113 for an appointment in the Bayside Melbourne office or, arrange a meeting with a counsellor online via Skype. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.