Thriving, Not Just Surviving, 
with a Chronic Illness

Has your illness taken over your life?

Tired of all the doctors’ appointments, new medications, and side effects?

Feeling overwhelmed, out of control, scared about the future?

Asking yourself, is this the way the rest of my life is gonna be?


You are not alone.


You didn’t choose to get sick,

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I Support Individuals, Couples and Families Impacted By:

Cancer  | Cardiac Disease | Diabetes | Insomnia | Chronic Pain | Fibromyalgia | Fertility Concerns | Neurological Disorders (e.g. epilepsy) | Rare chronic conditions (e.g. lyme disease) | 
Autoimmune disorders | Long-term physical disabilities 

You already sparkle

Together, we’ll get you shining even brighter by:

  • Learning proven effective new strategies to improve coping with your illness, building off your existing strengths
  • Identifying concrete changes that can organize and simplify your life
  • Working with your medical team and family to improve communication
  • Weighing out the evidence to make confident treatment decisions
  • Integrating your illness into how you see yourself and your worldview
  • Making a clear roadmap to navigate the health care system

Most patients choose to go through treatments to prolong life,

I want to support you to make your life worth living


Need more personalized support during your treatment?

I provide tailored treatment plans that can include extended sessions, facilitating doctor’s visits, family sessions, and support navigating treatment.

Hi, I’m Catalina.

Catalina Lawsin

Hi, I’m Catalina.

I know that life isn’t fair or easy.

I’ve shared in patient’s fears that life will never be the same and wanting to just feel “normal” again.

Working in cancer most of my career as a psycho-oncologist, I’ve witnessed how helpless one can feel and how overwhelming juggling doctor’s appointments, work, family can be.

I’ve grieved with families at the loss of their loved ones and I’ve celebrated victories.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve seen how medicine has allowed us to live longer, my aim is to help make life worth living.  I have worked as a clinician, researcher and mentor to multi-disciplinary health professionals within cancer, cardiology, pain and diabetes.  I stay up to date with advances in medicine, particularly within oncology.  I’ve witnessed how medical advances have shaped the psychosocial experiences of patients and their families, particularly throughout the early stages of diagnosis, across treatment and into terminal stages of disease.  

You’re life is busy enough with all these doctor’s appointments, so I want out time together in psychotherapy to be as efficient and effective as possible.  I apply evidence-based strategies that are tailored to where you are with the illness, the severity of your distress and socio-cultural background.  Most of my research has focused on how we can get support to those who need it, within the cancer of chronic health conditions, namely cancer.  I apply all this experience to my work to provide you support tailored just for you!


**Even if you don’t work with me, if you have a chronic condition such as cancer, cardiac disease, or are experiencing physical changes associated with aging, it is important you work with a therapist who understands how medical treatments impact emotional and psychological wellbeing.  When searching for a match, I recommend using keywords like: Clinical Health Psychologist, Psycho-Oncologist, Behavioral Medicine.


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