Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Summer 2013

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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!


Living with intentionality gets a lot of press these days. Making conscious choices to create the life you want makes sense.


And yet, I can’t help but recall the old adage, “be careful what you wish for,” or more poignantly, the chilling words of Truman Capote, “More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.”   


So which is it: do we ask for what we want, or do we simply accept what comes our way? The answer, I believe, is a combination of the two.


Feature Article

Trusting the Process

It’s natural to wish for certain things. And if we are wise, we make decisions that allow us to turn our dreams into reality.


But there’s an underside to this process that can obstruct the natural flow.  This happens when we hold on so doggedly to what we want that we white knuckle the creative process, wringing the joy right out of it.


The thing to remember is that when we are envisioning the life we want, we are doing so with blinders, unaware of how the big picture will be affected. This is natural; we can’t know what we don’t know. However, this awareness needs to humble us and make us aware that our desires are only a small part of a larger life unfolding.


The key is to hold on to our dreams, but not too tightly, always mindful that a deeper wisdom is operating.


How many times have we not had our prayers answered, only to look back and see how many good things were able to unfold as a result? And how many times have we gotten exactly what we wanted, only to shake our head and realize that unanticipated challenges came along as well?


So what’s the answer?


Just take a deep breath and dream.  Dream big, if we want to.


Envision and invest in our heart’s desire. Imagine what would bring us and other the most incredible joy.


And then with a deep sigh…exhale...
          Let go and trust.


Until next time…
Be well!


What's New


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful technique that has been successfully used to treat phobias, complicated grief, panic attacks, performance anxiety, sexual and/or physical abuse, trauma, pain disorders, as well as personal coaching, performance enhancement and much more.


In addition, Katie O’Shea, M.S., L.M.H.C., has developed an EMDR protocol to address issues of early trauma and neglect that occurred prior to the age of 3. Now there is way to clear issues that happened early in life, such as those related to adoption, birth or early childhood trauma,, that can manifest in adult symptomology. I so enjoyed participating in this training. Many thanks to Katie for developing such a life-changing model.


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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