About Carol O’Saben, PhD

Therapy for adults online across in Arizona and Florida and all the PsyPact states (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia).

Hi, I’m Carol O’Saben. I’m a Licensed Psychologist who works with adults who want to come to a deeper understanding of themselves so they can make lasting and meaningful changes in the destructive patterns that are holding them back. My goal is to help you stop the deep dissatisfaction that comes from not being able to break out of recurring patterns of behavior that no longer serve you and help you to understand the factors that influence your patterns so you have the freedom to make different choices in the future.

My Journey to Becoming A Psychologist

My own growth through personal life struggles is what helps me relate so deeply with clients.  I grew up in an alcoholic family that was full of chaos and dysfunction. I learned that it was more important to look good on the outside than to feel good on the inside.  I learned to shut down my real feelings and tried to be the person everyone else wanted me to be. It wasn’t until a gifted therapist helped me make the connections between my childhood experiences and my unhealthy patterns as an adult that I was able to make effective changes and was able to live a life that was reflective of who I am and how I want to be in the world.

My life experiences are what led me to become the psychologist I am today.

Helping People Gives My Life Meaning

Being a psychologist is an honor. I love helping people understand themselves deeply and witnessing them achieve more fulfilling lives. The most rewarding thing about being a psychologist is knowing that I had a part in helping someone else transform their life.

I am committed to helping you understand the factors that influence your patterns so you have the freedom to make different meaningful changes.

I have the ability to get to core issues quickly so change can happen. I bring an open mind, flexibility and some humor to sessions

I have a natural ability to:

  • Understand people’s experiences
  • Uncover what’s under the surface
  • Accept people for who they are and where they are in their current life circumstances
  • Help clients heal their past and manage the present

People who know me often say that I am a good listener who can help people feel heard and understood which helps them start to heal.

Our Sessions Are Focused On You

Sessions will provide you with the space to focus on yourself without feeling selfish. By helping you to feel safe and comfortable, you’ll be able to figure things out about yourself and identify how you can start to make changes.

It’s important to me to provide a non-judgmental space where you can be yourself and have safety within session. There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to therapy. Our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns.

As A Psychologist, I Embrace the Following Philosophies

  • I believe that there is no shame in asking for help
  • I believe that change is possible when you allow yourself the space to do the work
  • I believe that sometimes small steps in the right direction end up being the biggest steps in the end
  • I believe that people underestimate their ability to change. It’s possible to change. It’s possible to enjoy life again.
  • I believe that the biggest thing standing in your way is the fear that life always has to be the way that it is now

My Professional Background

I received my PhD in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and have been a licensed psychologist since 1995. I’ve worked in a number of different settings over the years (university counseling centers, community mental health centers, hospitals and health centers). I love the freedom that private practice offers me to support my clients in the most meaningful way possible.

Let’s Discover How I Can Help

Start gaining insight into the causes of your unhealthy patterns so you can change them. Get your free phone consultation where you can share what’s going on for you and we can explore how I can help.

Email me today at carol@drosaben.com. I’m here for you.