Success Stories

As of 2020, I have worked in this field for 15 years, if you include my internship year in community mental health. We go into helping professions because we do wish to make a difference though we understand that so much is based upon a client’s individual effort, motivation and willingness to work.

Over the years, sometimes completely out of the blue, I have heard how rewarding and life-changing counseling or coaching has been. Those are good days, indeed! I’m sharing some feedback here. These are stock photos and all identifying details have been changed for privacy:

“This has been a scary time in our country with a virus isolating and stressing many of us. So I was very happy to be able to continue sessions using telehealth. I needed these because you still need your mental health. It will make or break you, especially at a time like this. Loriann is no nonsense, telling me what I need to hear, with warmth and acceptance.” — mom juggling job, young family amid coronavirus fears

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“Every now and then your name comes up. Thank you for getting people to embrace new ways of thinking and problem solving.  I appreciate the lasting benefit of the work we did together! As you promised, it has benefitted me in other relationships and in ways I could not have imagined. Not a day goes by that I don’t use some aspect of the things you taught me.” — mom of teenagers

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dualbooks“Your Surviving Separation & Divorce saved my life! Having read this straight after my husband left, it validated so much. Naturally every situation is different but Loriann writes with experience and compassion and I really appreciated her practical advice and hugs.” — a satisfied reader

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“In our sessions, Loriann always gives me ideas and other useful tools to help me continue working throughout each week. Whether it’s a book suggestion, an app, or a new perspective, it’s all had a positive effect. I look forward to these appointments and leave uplifted.” — a pleased client

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“When I would take my children home after a session, my little one told me he wanted to meet with you also to talk and play regarding his problems. Thank you for being such a positive influence.” — a parent of young children

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“Last week my husband came home and out of the blue announced he was leaving me. I was shocked, devastated, angry, hurt…you name it. I read Surviving Separation & Divorce in two days and I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m in for a rough time ahead but know that in the long run my life will be so much happier. I recommend this book to anyone facing the pain of separation or divorce.” — woman given Surviving Separation & Divorce as a gift during a personal crisis

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“In my sessions, Loriann has provided a confidential, positive and emotionally safe atmosphere to share relationship and parenting difficulties. She’s extremely competent and knowledgeable helping me to regain strategies to get back on track after some very trying and tragic events in my life. That she works with all ages has been an added plus as I’ve given her name to others struggling with stress.” — person helped by counseling

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“A fan of Ms. Oberlin’s works, I bought Overcoming Passive-Aggression because I couldn’t understand why some people acted a certain way, why no one else saw their behaviors as a problem, but I knew that their actions felt like an offense. This book validated my feelings and showed me how to deal with the underlying problem, not the actions that came from it. This is a solid book for untangling the emotional mess when you’re getting mixed signals.” — satisfied reader

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“I so appreciate the tools you gave me and my child to better manage anxiety and attention issues that plagued our household and affected success in school and social settings. I found it especially helpful that you encourage parents to be a part of some sessions. I’ve happily referred others to your practice to receive such help because we left counseling at such a better place than when we first came to your office.” — parent and child who benefited from sessions

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“Thank you for teaching me how to deal with difficult people, both in sessions, with how to express myself and stand up to people who have taken advantage of my kinder side, and with your book about passive-aggressive people. I had not stopped to consider how people-pleasing I was. All that has changed. A brick has been lifted in a sense, and I can see the effects both at work and in my personal relationships.” — a man in midlife

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“When first in our group, I felt so self-conscious. With the support of others and Loriann’s facilitating, we all share, learned from each other, and I felt my individual issues were addressed.  Supporting others really felt good. It was a very positive experience.” — former client

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“Tough read, but great advice in Surviving Separation and Divorce as it had good tips and guidance. Writing was very direct (good, but hard). I read it over a few months and even then I found myself not wanting to follow the advice as quickly as I should have. They are very tough steps to take, but the author knows what she’s talking about.” — 2014 online bookstore review

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“I discovered your book which seemed to put all my thoughts onto paper. It was exactly what I was looking for, and what I needed. I bought several copies, and gave these books along with lyrics to the son ‘Coming out of the Dark’ to several women I knew…Thank you so much for writing Surviving Separation & Divorce . Your advice throughout its pages has brought comfort and confidence to women in need of both.” — from a reader in 2013

Note: Circumstances and attributions may have been changed to protect privacy