Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Summer 2016

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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


What a time of sorrow this has been for our beloved Orlando. In a one, two, three punch, losses too incomprehensible to bear have come to our own backyard.


Almost in defiance of such horror, the community has responded heroically. People have come together in extraordinary ways and the heartbeat of Orlando has echoed with love and support throughout the world.


But now that the dust is beginning to settle, what remains is a heavy sense of sadness. We are living in the aftermath of this tragedy and coming to terms with the reality that yes, senseless, horrific acts can happen here as well.


So how do we heal?

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We Are One

There are always two dimensions to global trauma. The first is what we experience in community with others. We realize that we are not alone in our pain. When we volunteer, donate blood or attend vigil services we participate in this shared experience. This coming together allows us feel connected to one another.

The second dimension is what arises individually. Of course, if the loss hits close to home, the impact is uniquely personal and heart wrenching.  But even if this is not the case, the grief of collective trauma brings to the surface our own unhealed wounds and fears. Perhaps there are past losses that have been ignored, or fears about what the future holds. We each have our own experiences and this is the lens through which we perceive the world. Even though this is normal, getting lost in our stories can cause us to feel more isolated from one another.


It’s important to recognize this because after traumatic events, emotions can run high. We may notice feelings of sadness, powerlessness, confusion. Inadvertently, we might find ourselves acting out the very anger that undergirds acts of violence. We risk becoming part of the very problem we are trying to heal.


By becoming aware of this possibility, we can choose to slow down and take better care of ourselves. We can take some quiet time to just breathe and be….to listen to music, sit outside, to journal, or reach out and talk to a friend.


If emotions seem too big to handle, we can consider scheduling an appointment with a counselor. So many generous resources are available right now in the aftermath of these tragedies.


Most important, we can choose to be kind. Not just polite or courteous, but kind. The word “kind” comes from the word “kin,” meaning our clan or family. When we look at others as one of our own, the other feels seen and a connection is made. And it is this connection that heals.


The simple intention each day to treat oneself and others with loving kindness is profound, an antidote to so much of the separation and hate we see. Truly, this one choice has the power to not only heal us, but bless our community and our world.


Until next time
Be well!


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For more information about mindfulness and mindfulness practice,
go to Mindfulness Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness: University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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.  For more information on EMDR, go to their website at


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. Check out their website at


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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