About Debbie Roes

Thank you for visiting my website.  Here’s a bit of information about me and my background…

Debbie Roes - portraitI am a personal development writer, coach, and speaker.  My first book, “UnShopping:  Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic” was published in May 2014.  I’m also the author of the “Recovering Shopaholic” blog, an online community dedicated to helping those who struggle with Compulsive Buying Disorder.

In addition to writing about the common but often secretive and shameful subject of compulsive shopping, I also write on the topics of self-esteem, personal style and image, health, eating disorders, body image, time management, stress management, goal setting and achievement, relationships, and spirituality.

Please visit my Archives Page for a partial list of my personal development articles.  You may peruse my articles by topic or browse the titles to see what interests you.

My Education and Professional Background

I hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and am a Certified Life Coach.   In my work as a professional coach, I’ve helped clients with such diverse issues as weight loss, career transition, dating and relationships, and business growth. I previously worked in the high tech industry for a number of years as a program manager, web developer, and writer/editor.

I have presented speeches and trainings to multiple corporations and associations on personal and professional growth topics, including stress management, managing change, goal-setting, weight loss, and time management. I was an active member of Pacific Beach Toastmasters for seven years and held a variety of leadership roles within that organization. I also served as the 2009-2010 District 5 Webmaster for Toastmasters International and provided web consulting services to the District during the 2010-2011 term.

Wardrobe Styling and Recovering Shopaholic

During 2011 through 2013, I ran a wardrobe consulting business in which I helped women increase their confidence and improve their body image through the process of defining and enhancing their personal style.   My services included closet audits, personal shopping, event styling, and “shop your closet” outfit creation sessions.

I started “Recovering Shopaholic” in January 2013 in an effort to heal my decades-long compulsive shopping problem.  I was surprised and pleased to grow a committed readership within just a few short months.  I feel tremendously blessed to be able to inspire others to face their compulsive shopping problems and simplify their wardrobes.

My Writing and Services

Writing my blog re-ignited my lifelong passion for personal development and I decided to transition out of wardrobe consulting (more about that HERE) and dedicate myself more fully to blogging and writing. In addition to writing my blog and articles on various topics, I plan to publish a series of e-books and develop online courses.

As mentioned above, I published my first book, “UnShopping:  Recovery Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,”  in May 2014.  This book contains the best of my smart shopping solutions from “Recovering Shopaholic,” categorized into logical sections related to various shopping-related situations and challenges.   My second book, “End Closet Chaos:  Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic,” will be released in Fall 2014.  Stay tuned…

I also plan to return to my previous loves of coaching and speaking.   My actual service offerings are still evolving and this site will change to represent my new professional ventures as they are defined.

Personal Life and Interests

I live with my wonderful husband of thirteen years, Mike, and our two adorable cats in the Point Loma area of San Diego, California.  We love the area in which we live and enjoy taking almost daily walks along the bay or up the hill to view the ocean (on a clear day, we can see Catalina Island, where we were married on July 4, 2001!).

My hobbies include going to the movies, reading, taking classes, attending personal growth seminars, learning new technology, dining out, and exploring new areas.   I still love shopping but am gradually learning to put it in its proper place in my life while also cultivating new interests and passions.

I Appreciate Your Support!

Thank you for your support!  If you have any questions for me or would like to connect with me, please visit my Contact Page.