Testimonials Archive

Jodi L. Huebner, MA, LPC, Life’s Journey Counseling, LLC

Amazing! Your courage, compassion, and willingness to be so honest about your journey is refreshing and validating for so many who struggle with Social Anxiety Disorder. Thank you, thank you for sharing your experiences, good and difficult, with the world. This normalizes what many feel isolates them. You also did an amazing job explaining individual searching, individual therapy and group therapy! Many do not understand the benefits and you punctuated this clearly. I know my patients will benefit from reading your story. Thank you, thank you, again, for bringing light to what can feel like a dark and lonely place. May you continue to be blessed in your work!

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Kim – Parent

I read your book right away and finished it in just a few days. It is fantastic and I commend you on your bravery to share your personal story. The book is also very helpful to me in seeing the anxiety struggles in my children, myself, my mother, and now my grandchildren too. I think you were brought into my life to help me see there are so many things I as a mother and grandmother just cannot control or fix. I need constant reminders of this as I always want to fix and help. Thank-you for writing your book.

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Jeannette Spotts, MSSW

In my work, I see many teens who deal with some degree of social anxiety disorder. Klarner in a very personal and heartfelt way, shares her own journey with SAD and gives helpful advice on how others can overcome this disorder and go on to lead happy, fulfilled lives. Since most high school students experience some form of social anxiety and awkwardness, every teenager would benefit from reading this book!

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Gary Grahl, MSE, LPC, and author of “Skinny Boy”

Releasing the Secret Pain is a journey of pain and triumph over a chronic thorn in one’s side – Social Anxiety Disorder. Narrative, personal account, and useful recovery strategies are interwoven throughout. Those who struggle with SAD will find it a compelling read and gain much needed identification and support.

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Barbara Markway, PH.D. and Author of “Dying of Embarrassment”, “Painfully Shy”, and “Nurturing the Shy Child”

Lisa Klarner shares her own story of shyness and social anxiety. She inspires the reader through her experiences, her openness, and her faith. This memoir, written from the heart,offers gentle suggestions to all who struggle with social anxiety.

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Franklin Schneier, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Research Psychiatrist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Co-Author of “The Hidden Face of Shyness: Understanding & Overcoming Social Anxiety”

In Releasing the Secret Pain Lisa Klarner courageously tells the story of her struggles growing up with social anxiety and finding a personal path to healing. Along the way she dispenses wise and practical insights that will help many others to recognize and relieve the secret pain of social anxiety disorder in themselves or someone they care about.

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