The tree. A metaphor for growth.

You are stronger than you realize. Like a magnificent tree, born from a tiny seed, you are moving from a state of unconscious possibility to unfolding greatness.

Like roots that anchor deep, no matter what the soil, you have undeniable strengths to survive and succeed.

The tree’s trunk, beautifully weathered by its past, provides solid yet flexible stability no matter the season or the storm.

The more a tree is nurtured, the easier it will grow and the more profuse it will blossom.

And the tree’s branches reach out towards the sun and to touch the stars. Tender buds open confidently in full expression to simply become what it was meant to be…

About Me

Lisa Catania has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 25 years. She is also a business owner and mentor, cofounding Beverly Therapists, a private practice therapist collaborative on the southside of Chicago.  

Lisa Catania is also a Lightworker, facilitating healing for individuals through personalized living prayer, mantras and affirmations. Through PrayerSmith she inspires deep and profound spiritual personal transformation. Over the past 10 years, she has led spiritual workshops and retreats in Sedona, Arizona and Costa Rica.


About Therapy

Times of crisis are also opportunities for change.

Right now, something inside you – some feeling, some concern – is acting like a wake up call. Paying attention to this feeling and searching for options to understand it and to change are healthy, positive responses to care for yourself and others around you.

Whether you are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious, or caught up in an unresolved complicated dilemma, psychotherapy can help.

Acknowledging a problem and pursuing help, although humbling and often scary, is an important first step. I encourage you to search for a therapist with whom you feel comfortable, that you can trust, and that you feel has the expertise to help you. Remember that you are the expert on you. Be patient and selective in finding the right match for you. Based on establishing a good therapist-client match, you then start a process of honest exploration, self-understanding, and a deepening self-confidence. In this context, you and your therapist together analyze and understand the dynamics impacting you, allowing you choices and personal empowerment.

I use an individualized strength-based, nurturing approach in therapy. I believe we all have strengths and successes, and that each of us holds within us the answers and resources we seek. I am analytical and listen carefully for the unconscious reasons that my client is struggling in a certain area. I borrow from many different theory bases in psychology, aiming to understand and meet the individual needs of each client. Understanding gives us choices. An ongoing supportive therapeutic relationship strengthens our resolve and nurtures our patience and courage.

I believe that though we cannot always control what happens in life, we have power within us to heal, to persevere, to grow, and to feel more content and in control.

In private practice since 1997, I currently focus on working with adults in individual and family therapy who desire inner and outer manifestations of realizing deep authentic change.  I enjoy joining my clients in their journeys of exploring their shadows and fears; and their light, aspirations and unique gifts.  I enjoy the process of supporting my clients in unlocking their whole selves and unleashing their full potential.

I invite you to give me a call for a confidential, free consultation to discuss your concerns and to get a beginning sense of what I offer as a therapist.

Beverly Therapists

Lisa Catania is a cofounder of Beverly Therapists. Beverly Therapists is a unique community of independent therapists, each with their own private practice. Lisa’s psychotherapy office is located at Beverly Therapists. To learn more, visit

Lisa Catania is licensed to practice psychotherapy in the state of Illinois. She is in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. She also accepts private pay clients. Please contact her for more information:

(773) 719 – 1751


 To inquire about my services or to make an appointment, you can reach me as follows:

Lisa M. Catania, LCSW, MSW

773 / 719 – 1751

10725 South Western Avenue
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60643