Out of Control Shopping

We need groceries, clothing, and household items to survive. In-store purchases, online orders, curbside pickup – it’s all shopping and love it or hate it – we all need to shop. Treating ourselves to a special purchase or splurging on a high-end item from time can be kind of thrilling. It’s not unusual to have a bad day or be going through a rough time and think to yourself, “I deserve this item”, so you buy it and for a moment, you feel a little happier. What happens when shopping moves from buying necessities to items you don’t need?

Symptoms & signs of out of control shopping

  • Overspending on items (buying only top of the line items)
  • Overspending overall (buying more items than you need)
  • Increasing debt or other financial problems
  • Lack of space to store your purchases
  • Hiding purchases in your home from your partner or others
  • Having your purchases delivered to other locations
  • Hiding financial statements from your partner or others
  • Strain on your relationship with your partner or others
  • Feeling euphoric when shopping
  • Feeling remorse after making the purchase
  • Feeling the need to buy again to feel the euphoria

When is it time to get help?

Are you concerned that your shopping feels out of control? Are you experiencing the above symptoms of problem shopping? If you’ve said yes to these questions or your shopping is causing problems in other areas of your life, such as your finances, your relationships, and your mental health, then it’s time to seek professional support.

Out of control shopping treatment methods

Like most out of control behaviours, it’s important to get to the cause of the behaviour. Perhaps you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or coping with a traumatic event in your life. This could be your way of self-medicating, but there are healthier ways to cope. The treatment method for you will be unique as your circumstances are unique. Your therapist will talk with you to determine the best treatment plan. There are several that are effective in treating this type of out-of-control behaviour including:

  • Behaviour Therapy tends to view human beings and behaviour with the assumption that humans are a product of their sociocultural conditioning and environment, looking at the current problems and the factors influencing them and emphasizes behaviour changes more than the underlying unconscious processes.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to treatment that focuses on how people’s thoughts, emotions, and beliefs influence their behaviour and how they perceive themselves.
  • Solution Focused Therapy views people as inherently strong and resilient, and capable of creating change and discovering solutions to their everyday problem.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

Our therapists have experience in treating a variety of problem behaviours in including out-of-control shopping. This is simply a coping mechanism for stressful areas in your life. We can help you to deal with those areas in a healthier way. You are not alone and you can feel better and regain control of your shopping habits.

Please contact us to book an appointment or to learn more.


Brooke Hendricks

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Assessments

Loriann Quinlan

Edmonton South, Edmonton West, Online

Adults, Seniors

Brandi Enns

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Sabrina Brady

Edmonton Central, Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality, Assessments

Karla Buchholz

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Terri Mulveney

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), LGBTQ community

Nikesha Deenoo

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Seniors, Sexuality

Nicole Donovan

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17)

Kathryn Maier

Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Assessments

Cody Cobler

Edmonton North, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, LGBTQ community

Chantelle Owen

Edmonton South, Edmonton Central, Online

Adults, Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, LGBTQ community, Sexuality

Luke Suelzle

Edmonton South, Online

Adults, Children (3-5), Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Families, Couples, Sexuality

Dr. Hendriatta Wong

Corporate Services

Bob Stenhouse

Corporate Services

Shirley Leonard

Corporate Services

Shaheel Hooda

Corporate Services

Lisa Standeven

Corporate Services

Tara-Lee Goerlitz

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Jaci Freeman

Edmonton South

Adults, Children & Youth (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Seniors

At this time, Insight Psychological does not have therapists who specialize in this specific area, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help you! Please contact us to talk with our Intake Personnel to find a therapist that is a good fit for you and your unique circumstances.