Friends and Family
Clients that I work with may be open to having a family member join them in a session which I am happy to facilitate as I believe it may foster better communication and understanding of a partner/family members issues with shopping and spending.
* If your family member is ambivalent about seeking support for themselves, there may still be some value in you having one or more sessions to discuss your concerns and needs. A family and/or individual family member can promote positive change for themselves and their family member when they respond to the overshopping/spending issue using a positive communication style and collaborative position.
I use a FIVE STEP APPROACH to support family members affected by a loved one's shopping & spending issues.
- STEP 1: Involves listening to your concerns, identifying relevant stressors and need for further information.
- STEP 2: I will provide relevant, specific and targeted information to increase you knowledge and understanding about compulsive shopping behaviour and reduce stress arising from lack of knowledge or misconceptions.
- STEP 3: In step 3 we will explore your current coping responses to the problem, the pros and cons of these responses and look at alternative ways of coping.
- STEP 4: In this step we will explore your support networks, aim to improve communication with your family member and look at strategies to develop/enhance a unified and coherent approach.
- STEP 5: In this final step, we will discuss and explore your needs for further help and possible options for your family member.
If you are concerned that a friend or family member may have a shopping/spending issue there are some things to look out for that may indicate they need some support. For more information on this and general principles regarding intervention please click here.