Therapy for Young Professionals

More than anything, you want to feel like you have life figured out.
To know that the decisions you make are going to take you down the right path and that the different areas of your life are going to fall into place.

You know that your career has a big impact on your relationships and your social life, but you’re struggling to move forward in a way that’s positive and healthy and not just a replica of your same dysfunctional patterns. You’re ready to invest in long-lasting change.

For a long time, you’ve daydreamed about creating a different life. One where you’re far away from the people, places, and events that have caused you pain and one where you feel like a totally different person. You have goals for your life and envision yourself standing on your own and building meaningful relationships with others. And you thought your new career was going to be a big part of that.

But, lately, every step forward you take feels like it is met with several steps back. You’ve been meeting people and connecting in ways you thought were more substantial, but the relationships aren’t developing into anything important. What’s more, your boss and co-workers never seem to notice how hard you work. Instead, they keep bringing up everything you’re doing wrong.

Your sense of failure is starting to bring you down. You’ve tried breaking out of old routines and bad habits, but after what feels like the zillionth time choosing the wrong love interest, the wrong friends, and the wrong ambitions, you kind of just gave up.

It seems like no matter what decision you make, it’s the wrong one.

A lot of the time you feel out of touch with who you are and what you really want. You’re frustrated by the fact that history just seems to repeat itself, so you’ve stopped trying to steer your life in any kind of different direction. Now it’s as if you’re just destined to be unhappy.

You truly want more out of your career and your connections with others. But you have no idea how to meet people who are different than those you’ve already tried to connect with. Plus, you’re not sure you can trust yourself to pick the right people to spend time with in the first place. You never imagined making a life for yourself and building a career would be so hard. And you certainly didn’t expect you’d be a full-grown adult having the exact same problems you had as a kid.

When You Seek Support from Dr. Carol O’Saben as a Young Professional

  • You will finally understand how each area of your life – like work, friendships, and romantic relationships – relates to one another
  • You will be able to move beyond past hurts and connect with others without having a guard up
  • You will start to see how patterns you established early in life continue to impact you today
  • You will feel more comfortable and confident socializing and building relationships
  • You will be able to identify negative habits and work toward changing them, so you can finally interact with others the way you’ve been hoping for

The Young Professionals Counseling Process

Therapy for Young Professionals is intended to help you get to know yourself, so you can determine the career and relationship paths that are right for you. Together, you and I will use the therapeutic relationship to dive beneath the surface of your life and work to clarify what is happening on an internal level to cause your unhappiness. You will work to understand the ways your past habits are impacting your present relationships and how to break out of unhelpful patterns.  

The first step is a free 30-minute consult to make sure we are a good fit for working together.  If either of us has reason to believe we would not work well together, I will work with you to identify some therapists who might be a better fit.  If we do decide to work together, we will schedule a 90-minute initial assessment and 50-minute weekly or bi-weekly teletherapy sessions.

Before that first session, you will be invited to create a personal online portal where you will have access to all of your clinical forms as well as the ability to set up payment information. You will need to complete these forms and submit them before you begin therapy.

Sessions are held online using Zoom/SecureVideo software and you will need reliable internet to participate. Typically, counseling continues for several weeks or months, but the duration of your time in therapy will depend on the complexity of your concerns.

Here’s what to expect:

I encouraged all new potential clients to schedule a brief consult with me to determine if we are a fit to work together therapeutically. This free consultation also helps you determine if you have the necessary technology set up to undergo online therapy sessions.
During this initial 90-minute session, you and I will meet to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. I will then gather information about your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. We will also discuss the benefits and limitations of online therapy and work toward defining your treatment goals.
Together, in each subsequent session, you and I will work to understand your current struggles and the ingrained habits which make you feel like your life is stagnant. We will use evidence-based techniques to help you make effective and lasting changes in how you understand yourself, your relationships, and your community. As a result, you will begin to experience greater self-esteem, improved control over your emotional reactions, more effective use of coping strategies, and more positive connections within your community.

Each session is designed to capitalize on our therapeutic relationship to gain insight into the repetitive problematic patterns that have been troubling you thus, ensuring the most healing possible. Together, you and I will connect in a virtual therapeutic space with the goal of helping you reflect on the person you are and the person you want to be.

In your final sessions, we will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work we have done together has met your expectations. We will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what we have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.
More About Dr. Carol O’Saben

As a Licensed Psychologist with almost 30 years of experience working with young professionals, I have seen how transitioning to adulthood and leaving childhood family and friends contributes to a life where you question everything. As a down-to-earth, honest, and compassionate therapist, my job is to help you understand the underlying factors from early in your life and how they continue to influence you as an adult. Therapy with me is about diving deep and taking ownership of the role you play in your life, so you can identify opportunities for long-lasting change. I wholeheartedly believe that lasting change comes from insight and knowing yourself. You just need the guidance and expertise of a professional to help you create positive experiences for yourself.

I make it my mission to help those who are new to the working world come to a deeper understanding of themselves, so they can make meaningful changes in the destructive patterns that hold them back. I am dedicated to establishing a real, supportive relationship with you through your process of self-discovery, and to help you know your value and worth. It is my passion to work with you as you create the life you deserve.
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Who Benefits Most from Counseling for Young Professionals

Therapy for Young Professionals is best for those who have recently graduated from college or graduate school and are fully independent for the first time.

Often, during this stage of life, you notice yourself making the same mistakes or repeating the unhelpful and unhealthy patterns from when you were younger. Counseling helps you reflect on the situations in your life and the role you play in them, so you can gain insight into the way your habits and experiences are continuing to affect who you are.

You will benefit from Young Professionals Counseling if:

  • You’ve accomplished so much but feel like your life still looks the same as it did in high school and college
  • You are disappointed that adulthood doesn’t meet your expectations
  • Your boss or coworkers complain that your behaviors are problematic and keeping you from succeeding at work
  • You complain about the same circumstances in your life, but you don’t know how to make them better
  • You’ve tried to make changes yourself, but you feel like they never last and that you’re never going to be the type of person you want to be

There are certain situations where you might not be ready for counseling sessions with me. These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Difficulty self-reflecting and taking ownership of your experiences
  • A desire for a solutions-based approach that does not explore your past of your experiences
  • A lack of awareness of your role in your relationships with others

If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, I can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.

What Does Therapy for College Students Cost?

Online Counseling is a fee for service program and clients can easily pay for services through their personalized online portal.

Intake sessions cost $250 and weekly therapy sessions are $150 thereafter.  

I accept United, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna insurance. For your convenience, I will check your insurance company’s mental health benefits on your behalf prior to our intake appointment, but I encourage you to do the same. You can use the “Verification of Benefits” form on the “Fees and Insurance” page of my website as a helpful guide for talking to your insurance carrier. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

When and Where Can I Schedule a Counseling Session?

All therapy sessions are held online via teletherapy software. I offer online counseling sessions for those living in Flagstaff and all residents of Arizona.

Counseling Services are offered Monday through Saturday with appointment availability ranging from 10 AM – 7 PM and additional appointments available upon request.

Your Next Steps

You absolutely can come to know yourself on a core level and use this knowledge to reach your goals and build better relationships with others. You will be able to make changes and improvements in your life. You will also learn to determine the right next steps in your life and trust yourself as you make these choices.

Having a grasp on the way your early experiences impact your relationship patterns may seem a long way off right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take small steps to move beyond a painful past. You just need the support of a caring professional while you figure it out.

You will become more confident in yourself as you socialize more and connect with people. And you’ll also shift out of your unhealthy patterns toward new ways of being that will bring you the results you’re looking for. Ultimately, you’ll end up having a better relationship with yourself, with loved ones, and the decisions you make for your future. I can help.

Call 928.248.8005 or email Dr. O’Saben at to schedule your Young Professionals Counseling session today