#StigmaFreeYLD – Ron Ponzoli

Ron Ponzoli sitting in orange kayak on water

Ron’s Story

Eighteen years into my legal carrier I was a shareholder in a law firm, I had a great marriage, two loving boys, a loyal puppy, and I exercised daily. Despite all the blessings in my life, I was consistently unhappy.  My mental state ranged from sadness, to anger, to irrational fears. One day, sitting in my conference room with a law partner, I started to cry uncontrollably. I knew then something was very wrong with my emotions. I sought professional help from a psychiatrist and a therapist. As it turned out, I was  suffering from depression and anxiety.  Every part of my life was impacted by my emotional struggles.  Now that I am healthy, I am living my best life.

How Ron Got Help

Once I hit emotional crisis, I knew I needed professional help.  I immersed myself in therapy with a psychologist, while simultaneously treating with a psychiatrist.  Presently, I take medication to manage my serotonin, and I continue to treat with my therapist. I have also incorporated yoga and meditation into my life; both are great ways to help calm the mind and the body.  I also spend time in nature on my kayak.  Being outdoors grounds me and helps me unplug from the demands of the practice of law.

I also believe yoga and meditation are great ways to help calm the mind and the body.  I incorporate yoga into my morning exercise routines, and practice Buddhist breathing meditation in the evening.

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Ron Ponzoli headshot in front of cityscape


Ron is a shareholder at GrayRobinson in the firm’s West Palm Beach office where he chairs the Religious Organizations practice group. He is an elected member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors, a past president of the North County Section of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and a past chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.

Ron Ponzoli and wife