Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Winter 2015

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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…
          And Happy New Year!


There is something energizing about new beginnings, be it a new home, a new hobby, a new job, or a new year.  These markers are like a fresh slate, making you more aware that the future is unwritten, and that it is yours to create.


Making resolutions at the start of a new year is a familiar tradition. Often, these resolutions take the form of some measure of self-improvement…an intention to eat healthier, exercise or spend more wisely.


In other words, resolutions are usually about YOU and the hope that, by making these self changes, you will be happier.


But what if an important part of any resolution has to include others as well? And what if emphasizing your connection with others can actually increase your chances of success?

Feature Article

Empower Yourself With Kindness

Powerful, self-affirming goals are valuable. They provide a concrete way to take personal responsibility and improve the quality of your life.


But human beings are relational by nature, and whatever you do has an impact on others. So even though your resolution is about you, the end result, whether you succeed or fail, impacts those around you.


For example, imagine that you have succeeded in your goal to live a healthier lifestyle this year.  How do you feel? If you’re like most people, you’d probably say you’d feel proud, confident, comfortable in your own skin.


And how do you imagine this success will affect your interaction with others?  It’s likely that you would find yourself being warmer, friendlier, more generous overall. You’re engaging with others from a full cup, and that feels good.


So what if you begin with the end in mind and supercharge your resolutions with kindness?


I’ve always loved the expression, “don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.” Kindness is an unsung resource that, when extended to others, returns to the giver ten-fold. Kindness provides an incredible surge of well-being. And that energy is a true source of power.


So what if, each day, you make a deliberate intention to sprinkle random acts of kindness into your life? Any gesture, no matter how small…a warm smile, an encouraging word…lets you feel good about you.


And when you feel good about you, you treat yourself well, make better choices, stick to your resolutions…
          …and see yourself as the loving, deserving being you are!


Until next time…
Be well!


What's New


Many thanks to the local EMDR Study Group in Maitland for providing me with the opportunity this month to do a presentation on my publication, (The EMDR Target Time Line) which appeared in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research.


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.


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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