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Conversations with the Inspiring Jaime Carden-O’Brien

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaime Carden-O’Brien.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jaime. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am the founder of Free to Be and a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working to help people live their best lives for 25 years. I have specialized in working with children and adolescents for the majority of my career and noticed consistent themes occurring with the teen girls I saw in my practice. Young women are getting caught, just as so many women before them, in the comparison game, feeling like they are not enough or don’t measure up and like they don’t belong. Through my own personal growth work, I realized how wonderful it would be for girls to start working on themselves at a younger age rather than wait till they were in their 30’s or 40’s. For them to realize they can be themselves and be confident and find the people who will accept them for who they are. Personal growth work helps us all learn it’s ok to not fit in with everyone. It is ok to be or think differently and go about our lives, allowing others to be and think differently than us. Free to Be is all about teaching girls how to love and accept themselves and to be strong in their voices. I believe that when we are accepting of ourselves, we are able to be more accepting of others. When the judgement of ourselves and others falls away, we are more able to make meaningful connections with other girls/women.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Personal growth is a rocky road that comes with many challenges however working through and overcoming these obstacles is what leads one to a happier, more fulfilled life. My advice to anyone is simply to do the work. Know that it is going to feel uncomfortable and be tough at times AND, staying in relationships that don’t serve you, talking to yourself in a negative way, doubting yourself… these things are all hard too! By choosing to be the best version of yourself, that hard work leads to something really great.

what should we know about Free to Be? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m very proud of all the work I’ve done as a therapist and more recently, as the founder of Free to Be. I’m passionate about showing people how fulfilling their lives can be when they are not held back by anxiety, depression, self-doubt, low confidence and fear. I’ve worked with primarily children and adolescents for the majority of my career and particularly like being an advocate for teens. In today’s busy world of constant stimulation, it’s easy to get caught up in the comparison game and the feeling like you are not enough. I help people gain a new perspective to help them achieve balance and self-acceptance in their life.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
Women have so many opportunities and are showing up strong in so many fields. I am lucky to surround myself with many successful women who are powerhouses in their field AND not afraid to connect and collaborate. I believe women’s ability to connect, help and focus on the collective vs needing to be the best and making everything a competition can take us all so far.


  • Free to Be membership is free for the first 30 days and $19 per month after that

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Jennifer Little
Joe O’Brien

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