Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Summer 2011

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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!


Life is uncertain. Regardless of how much you plan and work to stay on top of things, what happens around you is largely outside of your control.


The next time you become aware of the uncertainty of a situation, pay attention to how you respond to your feelings. If you’re like most people, you may notice that there’s a tendency for you to constrict your energy in some way. Perhaps you get busy and try to ignore your feelings, or you have a certain behavior that serves as a distraction. Maybe you believe that by pulling back from your present experience you are playing it safe and protecting yourself.


But rather than protecting you, this pulling back cuts you off from the very source of your power. Rather than experiencing the richness of each moment, you walk on the surface of life, never truly engaging and never feeling truly alive.

Feature Article

Leaning into Life

Did you know that researchers say that of the estimated sixty-six thousand thoughts you have each day about two-thirds of them are based on fear? Fear definitely has its place. If there’s actual danger, fear guides you to either fight or take flight.


But the kind of fear that is problematic is that which causes you to believe stories you tell yourself about danger that’s not really there. The kind of fear that can paralyze you is that which tells you to be afraid of what you don’t know or can’t control. And that’s a lot.


The opposite of fear is trust: trust in yourself, a higher power, the people around you, and in those truths that define you. This trust is not something you get from the outside; it resides within you. In fact, it is this trust that is ingrained into the very essence of your being. This trust gives you the courage to face life head on and explore its challenges, in all of their uncertainty.


Imagine that you are preparing to ski down from the top of a snow-covered mountain. You feel nervous—a little scared even. You’ve never skied this mountain before. Looking down at the steep twists and turns, you take a deep breath and let go. As gravity pulls you forward, you know you have a choice to make. Lean back, and you’ll lose control and fall over, creating the very thing you are afraid of. But lean forward into your path, into your fear, and chances are great that you will land on your feet.


You cannot move the mountain anymore than you can argue the uncertainty of life. But you can lean into the moment, into your life, trusting that the wisdom within you will lead the way.


Until next time…
Be well!



What's New


For more information about my practice, be sure to visit my website at

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful technique that heals trauma and optimizes well-being. Issues such as depression, pain, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, even personal coaching, respond beautifully to EMDR therapy. As a certified EMDR practitioner, I am truly energized by the breakthroughs and healings I get to witness in my clients virtually every day.


My work with couples has taken on a new dimension with the integration of Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. Studies have shown that this type of counseling, which helps couples address and heal problematic cycles in their relationship, has been found to have the highest degree of long-lasting success.


My book, I Am More Than My Infertility: 7 Proven Tools for Turning a Life Crisis into a Personal Breakthrough, is available through These tools are timeless and can apply to any crisis or life challenge.


Many thanks for your referrals!


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