Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Summer 2012

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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!


The lazy days of summer are here again when many go on vacation with the hope of unwinding from the busy stress of life. I am convinced that one of the main reasons that vacations are so relaxing is because you tend to spend more time outdoors.


Nature has the capacity to heal you. The feel of the sun, the sound of the surf, the night sky aglow with stars….nature has a way of working its magic on weary hearts and souls.


But wouldn’t it be wonderful if, even when your vacation is over, you could take the healing power of nature with you and use it whenever you like?

Feature Article

The Healing Power of Nature

Everybody knows that too much stress is harmful. Stress triggers the body’s fight-or-flight response, signaling the brain to release stress-related hormones. Over time, this chronic release can result in depletion, causing sickness in the body and the mind.


But nature offers you ways to break this cycle, and the key lies in its four elements—air, earth, water and fire—each a powerful resource in dealing with stress. Psychologist Elan Shapiro created a simple four-step process using these four elements to counteract the damaging effects of stress.


The first element, air, is about learning to breathe the way your body was designed: expanding the belly with the inhale and letting the belly relax and flatten with the exhale. Taking long, slow, deep breathes is a wonderful way to de-stress. You can imagine you are breathing in calm and breathing out stress to make this exercise even more effective.


A common response to stress is that your thoughts race causing your body to become energetically out of balance. But you can become centered by just feeling your feet on the ground. This small but powerful shift balances the body’s energy and allows you to be more present.


This third element has to do with the production of saliva. One aspect of the stress response is that the mouth dries up. But if you imagine yourself biting into a lemon, the body begins saliva production which triggers the relaxation response.


This final element signifies the fire of your imagination. You can use the power of thought to remember a peaceful scene or recall a heart-felt experience. Access all of your senses to make the memory come alive and watch your body relax.


Utilizing these four elements is a simple but powerful way to access nature’s healing powers and take them with you…no matter where you are.


Until next time…
Be well!


What's New


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful technique that heals trauma and optimizes well-being. I am truly honored that the International Journal of EMDR Practice and Research has published an article that I have written in the Winter 2012 issue.  As a certified EMDR practitioner, I am grateful for this powerful method of psychotherapy that makes such a positive difference in the lives of my clients.


 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.


Many thanks for your referrals and your outstanding support of my practice!


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


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.


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