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April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She has been in private practice in New York City for over 40 years. Dr. Benson graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and has earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University. She holds post-graduate certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, in the treatment of eating disorders from the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and in Spirituality and Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Institute for Pastoral Counseling. In 1979, Dr. Benson co-founded the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, the oldest outpatient eating disorders clinic in New York. For the last fifteen years, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.


Dr. Benson has appeared widely in the media, including What Would Jesus Buy?, a documentary about overconsumption in America during the holidays. Her TV appearances include “CNN,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CBS Evening News,” “ABC News Now,” and “BBC World Business Report.” Radio appearances include “Marketplace” on NPR, “Marc Sussman’s Money Messages” on Air America, “The Peter Walsh Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio, “The Jean Chatzky Show” on Oprah and Friends Radio, “Body and Soul” on NPR in Sweden, “the Business Shrink,” “Your Turn,” “Money Scope,” and “Love and Money” on XM Satellite radio. Quoted in The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Toronto Star, she has also been referenced in Money Magazine, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Simple Living, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Redbook, Marie Claire, and a variety of internet publications. For an online press kit, click here.


Dr. Benson has taught therapists at a number of postgraduate institutes and college counseling centers about compulsive buying and it’s treatment. She conducts 4-session didactic courses for therapists and 12-session experiential training in the comprehensive treatment model that she and her colleagues have developed. For details, click here. Dr. Benson also teaches a course online, I Shop, Therefore I Am: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Buying. For details go to www.PsyBC.com.

Maintaining a private practice in New York City, Dr. Benson Ph.D. and CEO Carrie Rattle, MBA, CDFA, AFC see individual compulsive buyers and work with small groups nationwide.