Guiding your journey to better mental health

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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

Tell us about your needs

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

Talk to your care coordinator

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

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 and British Columbia. 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 and British Columbia. We’ll start by reviewing your current challenges and your goals for therapy.

Meet our full team
Sarah ParsonsSarah Parsons
Care Coordinator

After starting a career in health insurance and group benefits, she developed an interest in mental health in a social context. She returned to school as a mature student and obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Sociology and Child/Youth Studies. Sarah has dedicated herself to her education and worked on an extensive research project to develop community-based resources for LGBTQ+ youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her degree, she has worked in youth homeless shelters, senior support services, and disability advocacy. She continues to support students with disabilities through peer mentorship and advocacy groups at Brock University. Outside of work, Sarah is engaged in a lively francophone community in the Niagara Region and enjoy spending time outside exploring the beautiful landscapes her area has to offer!

Joel Figueiredo Joel Figueiredo
Care Coordinator

Joel has an educational background in psychology and social work with over 5 years of volunteering at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Joel finished his Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and went on to complete his Bachelor of Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University. Joel has worked closely with survivors of intimate partner violence as well as perpetrators of intimate partner violence when completing his placement at the Abrigo Centre in Toronto. Here he found his passion for working with people on their journey to recover and gained an intimate understanding of the difficulties navigating systems for those who have language barriers. Joel believes that accessible mental health services are a gateway to total well-being for Canadians. Away from work, you can find Joel in the outdoors, dog watching at the park or playing Dungeons and Dragons.

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.

Dorraine LightbodyDorraine Lightbody
Care Coordinator

Dorraine obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Burman University in Alberta. She has over five years of experience helping others with various mental health needs and disabilities. Her previous role was as Service Coordinator at Canadian Mental Health Association, where she helped adults with acquired brain injuries access services which allowed them to regain independence in self-identified areas of their lives. Dorraine realized she was passionate about mental health after sharing her therapy experience with family and friends, which then caused them to explore therapy on their own. She understands the importance of being client-centric so individuals can stay encouraged on their mental health journey. During her free time, Dorraine enjoys cooking, spending quality time with family and friends, and hiking the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

Cecilia ManuCecilia Manu
Program 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.

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.

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Convenience

Working with your schedule

We understand that people have lives. Let us know where, when, and how you would like to meet your therapist. We can accommodate day time, evening, weekend, and virtual options.

testimonials

9.3/10 overall user satisfaction rating

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!!

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.

Pricing

Simple, transparent

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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Individuals $150 / Couples $170
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Group Therapy
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Pricing

Simple, transparent

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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Free

  • Online intake
  • Consultation call with a Layla Care Coordinator
  • Options matched to your unique needs
  • Supporting clients in Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia
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individuals

$150

/ Per session with Registered Psychotherapist or Social Worker

$200

/ Per session with Psychologist (AB & BC residents only)
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couples

$170

/ Per session with Registered Psychotherapist or Social Worker

$220

/ Per session with Psychologist (AB & BC residents only)
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group therapy

Prices vary

*Based on Group
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Specialty programs

Looking for Layla-partnered specialty programs?

We engage in partnerships with community-based organizations and insurers through our Layla Clinical Services Team.

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Mental health support for injured workers

With Trillium Health Partners’ Insight Heath Solutions and its WSIB Specialty Programs.

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Mental health support for injured workers

With Trillium Health Partners’ Insight Heath Solutions & and its WSIB Specialty Programs.

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Mental health support for injured workers

With Trillium Health Partners’ Insight Heath Solutions & and its WSIB Specialty Programs.

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Let’s take the first step, together

*In-line with Public Health recommendations for social distancing, Layla's partner therapists have mostly moved their practices to remote for the time being.

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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 and British Columbia. 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. 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, and British Columbia 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 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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Media

Watch “The Poem”, our award winning short film

The Poem is based on the Murat Vargelci's winning submission to Open Screenplay’s mental health screenwriting contest.

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