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“Carolyn Flynn Almendarez has been my counselor for the past few years. I cannot recommend her more highly. She has made a big difference in my life. I have been going through a terrible struggle with loss and grief. There was much pain. Carolyn helped me with practical steps in guiding me to acceptance and letting go of the past. She has been compassionate and accepting. Often, I felt overwhelmed and didn’t know how to deal with such pain. Carolyn helped me understand that I could be currently in terrible pain and yet try to move forward too. Carolyn would walk me through suggestions or keep me open to the fact that even though I was going through a terrible time, I had choices and opportunities to comfort myself if life was not going to. I was often struck by how practical her ideas were and that they offered me clarity I didn’t have on my own. The combination of acceptance and safety along with a coach pushing me along …makes Carolyn especially helpful to anyone going through difficult times. The good news is that my situation has improved…not so much in the actual situation but, in my way of handling it. I believe that Carolyn encouraged me to not “sweep” my pain under the rug to deal with later…but to feel the pain and deal with it and then make the life I want anyway. I still have times that I feel terrible loss and yet I now have many tools learned from Carolyn to somehow get through it. I have gone from feeling confused and sad to thinking about the future…to feeling hope and excitement about what possibilities the future holds. These are all gifts from Carolyn. I feel very blessed to have had Carolyn as my counselor.” – Meredith


“Carolyn Flynn Almendarez counseled my teenage daughter through a very stressful time in her life. After just 4 sessions, my daughter and I saw specific improvement in how my daughter handled various anxious times in her life. Carolyn was gentle but persistent with my daughter in trying to get her to open up and share her feelings. I have brought my daughter to counselors before and both of us felt that little progress was made with her issues. I blamed this mostly on my daughter not opening up or feeling comfortable enough with the counselor to really dig down in her feelings to share what was going on. With Carolyn, my daughter started out the same way with one word answers and lots of, ” I don’t knows”. Carolyn somehow broke through and trust developed after a very short period of time…and then progress. I stayed for the beginning of the sessions and I could see Carolyn slowly winning over my daughter. I highly recommend Carolyn Flynn Almendarez for any counseling with teens…self esteem…organization and stress management.” – M.S. (mother of teen patient)


“Thank you so much for being such a wonderful friend and counselor. All of your help and wise advice has helped me to come so far. I feel so much better and much happier since I started seeing you. At the beginning, I was very self-conscious and could think of barely any positive qualities about myself. Now I am much more self-confident and can see my positive qualities. Thank you for everything!” – Amanda