Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Fall 2009

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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!


Anyone who has been to my office within the last couple of years has undoubtedly met my dog, Mollie. A black and white shitzu mix, Mollie loves everybody. Period. No exceptions. And she is very generous with her doggie kisses. (Sandal wearers beware!).


Even though she gives me lots of space to do my work, her presence provides a sense of comfort that everyone seems to appreciate.


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The Miracle of Acceptance

From the time she was a puppy, I have said to Mollie, “Good dogs have big lives.” Needless to say, Mollie has a very big life. Not only does she come to my office, but as a certified therapy dog, Mollie visits nursing homes, shelters and schools for special needs children. It is amazing for me to watch how a 20 pound ball of fur can touch people’s hearts in such an unconditional way.


And so it was, not long ago, that I found myself tagging along with Mollie as we visited Give Kids the World. This center in Kissimmee sponsors a one-week vacation for children with catastrophic illnesses and their families. In addition to a wide range of activities, each Saturday evening brings a celebration of life, a Birthday Party Parade for everyone to enjoy.


On this particular Saturday, it had been raining and the parade was cancelled. Just a few children and their families walked the grounds, so Mollie and I sat on the side-lines. After a while, we were approached by a young father holding his daughter, who looked to be about 3 years old. With a head full of blond curls and a round angel face, at first glance, she seemed to be the picture of health…until I got a closer look. Blue lips, pale skin, and oxygen tubes running from her nose, every breath she took was an effort. Undeterred, I watched her face light up as soon as she spotted Mollie. Her father leaned her over to pet the dog, and she giggled with delight as Mollie loved all over her.


And then she started talking, not quickly and excitedly as small children tend to do, but slowly, making sure to stop and take a deliberate breath every few words. With great concentration, she smiled as she chatted about her dog at home, and all the funny things he did, and how my dog reminded her of her dog. On and on she went. And as I watched her, something struck me…I was witnessing pure, unadulterated joy. And I thought, “My God, this is what true acceptance looks like.”


For in that moment, there was not one hint of self-pity, no resistance, not one story about how this was wrong, about how that this kind of thing should never, ever happen. There was just pure being in the present moment, a “Yes!” that said, “It is what it is.” And from that place, a miracle happened…Joy…for her, for her father, and for me.


After I watched them walk away, I looked down at Mollie and shook my head. A dog, a child. Our wisest teachers often show up in the most unusual ways, and often when we least expect.


Until next time…
Be well!



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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful technique that can heal trauma and optimize well-being. Issues like depression, pain, anxiety, grief, relationship issues—even personal coaching—often respond beautifully and rapidly to EMDR treatment. As a certified EMDR practitioner, I get to witness little miracles in my office everyday. Recently, I was fortunate enough to be published as a contributing author in the new book for clinicians entitled, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Special Populations.

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

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