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Human first approach

We focus on personal connection

We want you and your therapist to develop a bond. In addition to matching your therapeutic needs to the specialization of the therapist, we also take into account your specific needs around language, culture, life experiences and therapy style.

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How it works

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Tell us about your needs

Complete our online intake form so we can learn more about you.

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Talk to your care coordinator

We’ll provide therapist options matched to your challenges and goals.

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Meet your therapist or group

Schedule your first appointment with your matched therapist*.

*Layla offers online, phone, in-person and walk and talk sessions across Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia & Nova Scotia. In-person and walk and talk sessions are available in select regions.

Your unique needs

Our care team is here for you

Our care team will help you find the right therapist or group from our curated community of licensed mental health professionals across Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. We’ll start by reviewing your current challenges and your goals for therapy.

Meet our full team
Sydney TarrantSydney Tarrant
Care Coordinator

Sydney is a graduate from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree, with 4 years of experience working with at-risk individuals (immigrants, mothers, the 2SLGBTQ+ communities, and individuals experiencing homelessness, addictions, and mental illness). Sydney models her practice philosophy around a client-centred, strength-based approach. Sydney’s dedication to social work stems from developing client relationships to bolster their strengths and lead them to achieve personal successes. In her spare time, Sydney can be found reading, at the gym, or catching up with friends.

Amira Cheikh Amira Cheikh
Care Coordinator

Amira completed her Social Work education at MacEwan University. She has experienced various roles in her social work career, such as with Edmonton Public Schools, where she worked with students and staff to promote mental health and inclusivity. As well as the City of Edmonton, where she helped citizens with daily issues and facilitated presentations about inclusivity. She has also worked in the medical field, reception, and customer service. Amira found her passion for mental health and social work after years of volunteer work and speaking with people in the profession. Amira enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time and traveling.

Valerie TsangValerie Tsang
Clinical Program Manager

Valerie is a Registered Psychotherapist who has worked for more than a decade in community mental health. She holds a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Médaille College and a Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Toronto. Valerie has extensive clinical experience working with individuals and groups on addressing diverse mental health concerns including complex trauma, suicidal ideation, concurrent disorders, and the impact of socioeconomic status on mental health. She is passionate about exploring the role of digital health technologies on reducing health disparities in the mental health sector. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys baking, working on her green thumb, and visiting local coffee shops.

Cecilia ManuCecilia Manu
Care Coordinator

Cecilia has over 10 years of providing customer service to many community and mental health organizations. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and pursued further studies in the field of Applied Behavioural Analysis. She found out she had an affinity towards mental health and while volunteering at the Humber River Regional Hospital as a Mental Health Assistant. This led to some of her extensive experience with mental health which includes support to individuals with substance abuse disorders and volunteering as a support worker for Crisis Helplines.Some of Cecilia's hobbies include taking long walks, watching horror movies, and spending time with family.

Katie O'Brien-MichaudKatie O'Brien-Michaud
Care Coordinator

Katie has an extensive background providing care to her community. She is a graduate of University of Guelph-Humber holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Service and a Social Service Worker diploma. Katie has worked with various populations including youth, newcomers, and persons with disabilities within the Employment and Settlement fields. Through this experience, Katie found she had a passion to support individuals with connecting to appropriate supports and resources so they can reach their mental health goals and thrive within their community. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cuddling up with her dogs.

Adrianna CobbingAdrianna Cobbing
Team Leader

Adrianna is a registered Social Worker who graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree. Adrianna’s experience has been focused on the importance of client-centered and evidence-based care within mental health. She has been involved in developing client intake processes, assessment, follow-up and implementing plans of care for individuals with diverse backgrounds, varied needs, preferences and goals. Additionally, Adrianna has worked with women who have experienced violence; substance use/addiction; homelessness; poverty; and unemployment. She understands the importance of creating connections with clients and is dedicated to helping them along the path to improved mental health. Some of Adrianna’s interests include: playing tennis; going to the movies with friends; and trying out new restaurants in and around Toronto.

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Referring Family Doctors
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Provinces covered in Canada

Let’s take the first step, together

Complete our intake form below to speak to a Layla Care Coordinator.
We’ll provide therapist options matched to your challenges, goals and personal preference. Let's take the first step, together.

*Our intake survey takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.
Layla offers online, phone, in-person and walk and talk sessions across Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia & Nova Scotia. In-person and walk and talk sessions are available in select regions.

testimonials

9.5/10 likelihood to recommend Layla to a friend

2023 data, based on 300+ responses

9.5/10 patient rated overall quality of care

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Layla User - Toronto, Ontario

I'm so happy with Layla services! Layla made finding an individual therapist and a group therapy program so easy. I was able to compare therapist profiles and ask for help from the Care Coordinators. This was my first time looking for formal therapy,  and Layla made the process way less intimidating. I recommend!!

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Dr. Sofia Nastis - Toronto, Ontario

I have experienced great feedback from my patients when it comes to linking them to Layla mental health services. The intake process is streamlined and quick, and patients get connected with a therapist easily. Patients who have connected successfully with a therapist through Layla say that they have had incredible breakthroughs when it comes to managing their mental health with the psychotherapy and supportive counselling that Layla provides.

Dr. Steve Pomedli - Toronto, Ontario

Layla’s thoughtful intake process helps patients connect with mental health practitioners who are best suited to their individual needs. As a referring physician, this gives me confidence that these patients will get the support they need to better their mental health.

Layla User - Toronto, Ontario

A very thoughtful and compassionate approach to health care and ensuring each of its users accesses services best suited to individual needs. The service is particularly helpful for "breaking the ice" when embarking on the therapy/counselling journey for the first time. Staff is kind, responsive and very professional.

Layla User - Toronto, Ontario

Intake was amazingly professional and easy. They matched me to someone who is just a great fit and we've been making more progress than I've had with other therapists. I've had to move around quite a bit due to work, and now that we're having our sessions online I look forward to having this be a long-term relationship regardless of my location.

Dr. Nasim Bahramifarid - Ottawa, Ontario

Layla Care has been a lifesaver, literally, for so many of my patients. In a healthcare system that is sadly failing more with each day, it is such a relief to know that you can rely on the Layla Care team to efficiently and effectively match your patient with a therapist who is right for them. My practice would not be the same without them. Thank you!!

Pricing

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In most cases, therapy sessions are covered by your insurance provider. Sign up and talk to one of our care coordinators to find out more information—it’s free!

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Pricing

Simple, transparent

We offer a set pricing of $165 per individual session with a Masters-level Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Clinical Counsellor, or Registered Social Worker; and $220 per individual session with a Psychologist. Prices for couples and groups vary.

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Layla in the community

Lumino Health

In a video interview Saretta Herman, registered social worker and Clinical Lead at Layla, spoke with Lumino Health, an innovation from Sunlife, about navigating personal boundaries and relationships during COVID-19.
To watch the full video, click here.

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CBC interview with Saretta Herman, registered social worker, and Clinical Lead at Layla on the misconceptions of pandemic fatigue among young people.
To listen to the full virtual interview, click here

Layla raises funds from BDC and SOFII to grow personalized mental healthcare services

Layla, receives funding from BDC Capital’s Growth and Transition Capital division and from the Government of Canada’s Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII), via the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) allowing it to expand its service offerings and scale across Canada.

Layla and KPMG collaborate on investigating mental health impacs on small business owners and entrepreneurs

Findings include declines in self-reported mental health among this population, accompanied by challenges accessing appropriate supportive services.
Download the study here

Layla and Open Screenplay partnered to launch a short screenplay writing contest on the topic of mental health.

In a video interview, Khaled Sabawi, Founder and CEO of Open Screenplay discusses why Open Screenplay was founded, and why they chose to launch a contest on the topic of mental health and more.
Watch the interview here

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does Layla™️ assist?

Our clients are interested in self-discovery, emotional healing, or are working through a range of challenges that respond well to therapy. For example, these include: stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, mood disorders, borderline personality disorder, self-esteem, anger, addictions, trauma, relationships, family conflict, couples counselling, and life transitions.

At this time, Layla is only able to work with clients who are residents of Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. Please note that Layla does not provide crisis support. If you or someone else is in crisis and require immediate assistance, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

What types of therapy do the providers use?

Our therapists draw on a range of evidence-based methods and each specializes in certain approaches. Most commonly, these include: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), mindfulness-based, trauma-focused, psychodynamic, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). We certainly do not expect clients going into therapy to understand how these approaches work, and we are happy to provide them with information on these and other methods.

Do I need a referral or diagnosis?

No, you don’t need a formal referral or diagnosis from another provider. We are happy to assist anyone with their unique challenges and goals.

Where are the therapists located?

Our therapists operate out of their own location, provide sessions in-person, online, or by phone. Today, our therapists are located in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia across many cities: Toronto, Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Ajax, Barrie, Beamsville, Brampton, Burlington, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, North York, Oakville, Orangeville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Petawawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, St. Catherines, Thornhill, Vaughan, Whitby, and Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Sherwood Park, Kelowna, Vancouver, Victoria, Halifax and many more.

We are continuously building out our community.

COVID-19 NOTICE: For everyone's safety, and inline with Public Health recommendations for social distancing, Layla's partner therapists have mostly moved their practices to remote for the time being. If you're a new client looking for in-person sessions, we do have a limited number of therapists that offer in-person and walk and talk therapy in select regions. See FAQ "Do you offer in-person therapy". Thanks to everyone for working together to keep our community safe.

How long is a therapy session? How long does therapy take?

Individual and Couples Therapy sessions are typically 50 minutes long. In some cases, your first session with the therapist will be a little longer.
Therapy can range from short-term to longer term depending on the client’s case and their goals. This can be discussed with your therapist, and the two of you can always collaboratively assess your timeline and progression.

Group Therapy sessions vary in length but typically range from 1.5 to 2 hours. Our current group programs typically last for 12 or 24 weeks.

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Specializations

Our clients are interested in self-discovery, emotional healing, or are working through a range of challenges that respond well to psychotherapy. For example, these include: Depression | Relationships | Burnout Couples counselling | Stress | Anxiety | Phobias | Panic attacks | Trauma | Life transitions | Borderline Personality Disorder | Self-esteem | PTSD | Eating Disorders | Emotional Eating | Other eating challenges | Grief and loss