My name is Oriana. I am a psychologist and a cancer survivor.

As a cancer patient “a small part” of my journey was related to medicine, but the major part was about feelings, thoughts, faith, flexibility and the need to rediscover my identity.

Through my own story I found a purpose and I believe that being a psycho-oncologist is one way of making a positive difference to the lives of other people facing cancer, as well as cancer patient advocate.

Psychologist and survivor: what is the connection?

I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer during my Master’s degree in Psychology. Completing my studies was a difficult task due to successive relapses of the disease. Although I had been forced to interrupt my Master’s degree I completed my studies and I became a member of Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (the body responsible for allowing and regulating the practice of psychology in Portugal).The diagnosis of cancer not only postponed my studies but it also gave me purpose. I developed an interest in psycho-oncology. During the last few years I have participated in several workshops and conferences about (psycho)oncology, I have researched this subject and I have kept in regular contact with other cancer patients and their relatives- mostly through online communities.


Oriana Sousa

Cédula profissional da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, número 23744.

Criminal Psychology (Instituto Superior de Ciências da Saúde Egas Moniz, Monte da Caparica-2007-2010)

Mestrado em Psicologia da Justiça (ISCSEM- 2010- 2012; Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto- 2016)

Pós Graduação em Psicoterapias Cognitivo- Comportamentais (Instituto Português de Psicologia, Lisboa- 2014- 2015)

Outra formação relevante

European Patient’s Academy- Patient’s Expert in Medicine Research & Development ( 2019 – 2021) 

Curso Avançado em Intervenção Psicológica no Luto ( Instituto Criap- 2019)

O papel do psicólogo nos cuidados Paliativos de Cuidados Paliativos (Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, Lisboa -2019)


What’s New? Latest Updates from 2019 Cancer Research Meetings (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 23 de julho de 2019

Webinar Psico-oncologia ( Instituto CRIAP, Porto – 28 de junho de 2019)

Webinar Living with Ovarian Cancer: How Palliative Care Can Help (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 22 de maio de 2019)

Webinar Understand Immuno-oncology for Ovarian Cancer (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 19 de junho de 2019)

Webinar Rare Ovarian Cancers: Are We Making Progress? (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 6 de setembro, 2017)

Webinar Advocacy for Ovarian Cancer: Let Your Voice Be Heard! (Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 7 de março, 2016)

2ºCongresso Nacional de Sobreviventes de Cancro (Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro, Coimbra – 11 e 12 de novembro, 2016 )

III Congresso Ibérico de Psico-Oncologia (Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro, FPCEUP 13 e 14 de maio, 2016)

International Conference of Psyco-Oncology (Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro, Coimbra- 16 e17 de maio, 2014)

Workshop Cognitive-behavioural therapy in Psycho–Oncology (International Conference of Psyco-Oncology, (Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro, Coimbra- 16 de maio, 2014)

XI Congresso Português de Psico-Oncologia- “Viver Após o Cancro”(Academia Portuguesa de Psico- Oncologia, Coimbra) -11 e 12 de outubro, 2013)

Participação na Conferência Sexualidade, Fertilidade e Cancro (Hotel Vila Galé, Lisboa- 21 de Junho, 201 3)