Marina Lombardo, LCSW
Within Every Challenge...

...Are the Seeds of Opportunity

Fall 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


It never fails. Even though it’s October here in Florida, it still feels like summer. But one day soon, you’ll walk outside, expecting it to be like any other morning—the air heavy with humidity, the temperature already on the edge of uncomfortable--when suddenly it will hit you. The sunlight will feel softer, and there’ll be an almost imperceptible coolness in the air. You’ll close your eyes and breathe a sigh of relief. There’ll be no mistaking it--the dog days will be over, and autumn, with its clear skies and gentle breezes, will finally (finally!) be here.

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Keep On Keeping On

In a way, growth is kind of like that. You decide there’s some aspect of your life that needs change. Maybe your attitude needs improving, or you feel stuck in your job. Perhaps your weight has become a health concern, or the life seems to have gone out of your marriage. Whatever it is, you know the time has come for you to take action.


At first, there’s a high level of motivation that gets you to make the commitment to change. This energy creates momentum that supports you in taking the first steps--you join a gym, or commit to therapy, or implement new lifestyle choices.


But then, before you’ve barely gotten started, a custom made temptation or trigger finds its way into you life. Your spouse says just the thing that sets you off. Or your friend happens to serve your favorite desert at a dinner party. It’s not your imagination, and it’s not life playing with your head. 


It’s the process of growth, pure and simple. It’s almost as if life is saying, “You want change? Great! Let’s have all the things that have challenged you in the past show up in your life, so that now you can choose differently!” So, within these very obstacles are invitations—and opportunities—for the very change you want to see happen.


Here’s a rule of thumb for you: Chaos and confusion always precede growth. Always. And the confusion shows up as the transition experience from the old pattern to the new one. The old behaviors no longer feel comfortable, but the new is still unfamiliar and uncomfortable. So the challenges you experience when you make change really are signs of growth. 


So, what do you do in the meantime?


You keep on keeping on. Whatever it is you’re committed to, keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep working a program, practicing those skills, going to the gym. Hang in there during the long, hot days of growth. And one morning you too will wake up, feel that cool autumn breeze against your skin, and know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you’ve finally (finally!) arrived!


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 has taken on a new dimension with the integration of Emotion Focused Couples Therapy. Studies have shown that this type of counseling, which helps you to address and heal problematic cycles in your relationships, 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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