Most people agree that shopping can be fun — but an out-of-control shopping habit is something that requires treatment. If you have a problem with binge shopping, you know it has to stop. Although people often joke about being shopaholics, this harmful compulsion can take a toll on your finances and relationships.

The good news is that you may be able to take back control!

The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy are trained in various methodologies that may help you work through Compulsive Buying Disorder, also known as “oniomania”. Our counsellors may put together a personalised treatment plan for you using a combination of NLP, hypnotherapy, Buddhist psychotherapy, dream interpretation, mindfulness therapy, group therapy, and other counselling methods. We also offer online counselling for those not local to our clinic or those who prefer to be treated from the comfort of their own home.

Do you have any questions for us? Get in touch with us through our online contact form.

If you’ve started looking into treatment options, you probably already know it’s time to take control of your shopping addiction. Give us a call on (03) 9557 9113, or use our contact form to find out how we may be able to help you.

You can also book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Shopping Addiction Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Well-intentioned family and friends often tell people with a shopping addiction that they simply need to budget better or hide their credit cards. But this diminishes the seriousness of the compulsion. At Bayside Psychotherapy, we understand that the problem lies deeper than simple acquisitiveness — and that willpower alone is rarely effective in the long term.

Symptoms of binge shopping can include:

  • Shopping to make yourself feel better when you’re depressed
  • Buying things you don’t need
  • Buying things you cannot afford
  • Hiding your shopping habit from others, such as your spouse
  • Feelings of guilt or self-loathing before and/or after a shopping spree
  • Becoming defensive or angry when people mention your shopping habit
  • Neglecting work, social and family commitments
  • Growing stockpiles of unneeded purchases

Compulsive shopping is an addiction, in that sufferers become dependent on the ‘rush’ they get when they make a purchase. Curbing the behaviour on your own can be just as difficult as kicking an addictive substance cold turkey. And the cost of a shopping addiction is high — draining your savings account, racking up credit debt, shopping when you could be doing something more worthwhile, and the gradual erosion of your self-esteem. The cumulative negative consequences of this compulsion can feel overwhelming.

Our therapists may help you to examine the underlying issues driving your oniomania. They may also help you use the tools you already have to address and resist the urges. Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to book your confidential appointment. Let’s see what we can do that may help you gain control of your shopping patterns.

Your counsellor will meet with you for an initial consultation, which will allow them to put together an initial course of treatment tailored to your needs from the many methodologies we have at our disposal. Your therapist will evaluate your progress regularly and consult with you about any changes that may improve results.

We also recommend downloading our compulsive shopping self hypnosis recording to complement your psychotherapy sessions.

Just as the reasons behind shopping addiction are different for everyone, the duration of treatment will vary depending on the individual. Although we can’t guarantee a timeframe for overcoming compulsive shopping, your therapist may be able to get a clearer idea of how much treatment is indicated after a few sessions. Your dedication to the process will also have a major impact on how soon you’re able to achieve lasting success.

Life can be free of the binding chains that shopping addiction can create. Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form to make an inquiry. Your call is completely confidential, and there’s absolutely no obligation.

Or if you know you’re ready to take action, use our booking form to make an appointment for a face-to-face or online session with one of our counsellors.

Note Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely upon your commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling
  • Georgina Delamain