Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

FALL 2008

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Feature Article
What's New
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Marina Lombardo
Psychotherapy, Counseling & Personal Coaching
Lake Bennet Medical Center
1151 Blackwood Avenue, Suite 120
Ocoee, FL 34761
(407) 615-0848

Welcome Everyone!


There is no doubt that our world is changing. Challenges, new beginnings and possibilities exist like never before. Like our ancestors before us, we are pioneers in a new space and time.

Knowing how to stay centered in the midst of so much change can be difficult sometimes. We need a map that can help us stay centered. This can support us in staying focused on who we want to be, and clarify concrete ways to support that vision. In this way, our own personal choices can impact our world.


Feature Article

Staying on Track

A good model that can help is that of a train,* or in this case, an old fashioned one. These old trains had three parts:

The engine powered the train.
The coal car provided fuel to the engine
The caboose housed the crew whose job it was to inspect for “hot boxes” or problems, and provide signals to slow down or change course.

With this model in mind, think for a minute of your own life.
Take an index card, and ask yourself the following questions:

1. What drives your engine?
Who is it you want to be? What vision of yourself empowers you? What are two or three core values that drive you to be your best self?
Values can include words like loving, peaceful, powerful, faithful, truthful, worthy, free.

Now write a sentence that represents your vision. For example:
I am a free, loving woman.
I am powerful, peaceful man.

2. What fuels your coal car?
What habits, activities, and associations in your life help you create and grow positive feelings?

Some examples:
Being in nature.
Making time to be with my friends.
Getting enough sleep.
Taking 5 minutes to consciously breathe every day.

Now, under your vision, write your fuel plan.

3. How can you stay alert to your own personal “hot boxes”?
What works against your vision? What negative habits or relationships compromise you, drain your energy?

For example:
Exposing myself to too much media news, television, or video games.
Allowing others to determine what is best for me.
Not taking breaks during the day at work.
Associating with “energy-draining” people.

When you’ve determined your “hot boxes,” include it on your list.

Now that you have you have identified your personal map, you can use it help you stay on track. Keep your index card where you can see it every day.

The bottom line is that your beliefs about yourself drive your choices, and to a large extent, your life experiences. Holding fast to your vision and making decisions that support your best is a wonderful way to heal your life, and bless your world.

Until next time…
Be well!

(* Information adapted from Feelings, Fuel and Fact from Focus Seminars of Kansas City, Inc. (



What's New


My book, I am More Than My Infertility: 7 Proven Tools for Turning a Life Crisis into a Personal Breakthrough, is available on our website: or


These tools are universal and timeless, and can apply to any crisis or life challenge.


Conceive Magazine

Check out the next issue, on newsstands late in November. My Emotionally Speaking column, Creating Happy Holidays, shares tips on how to create enjoyable holidays in the midst of fertility challenges.

Conceive Magazine has also published a special annual issue, available online. Check it out at

EMDR and Infertility

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful therapeutic technique that can heal trauma and maximize personal resources. Recently, Regina Morrow, LMHC, a local psychotherapist, joined me in submitting a chapter for a new book now in development entitled, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: EMDR Scripted Protocols. Edited by Marilyn Luber, Ph.D., the chapter deals with using EMDR in working with fertility clients. The book is scheduled to be published by Springer Publishing Co. I’ll keep you posted!

Radio Talk Show

Recently, I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by life coach, Louise Crook, and talk about my book. You can hear the archived broadcast by going to my website,, and navigating to “Helpful Links.” (Keys to Clarity, Blog Talk Session, 10/27/08).



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