Coping with Diabetes Group

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What it is

This group supports individuals to better cope with the mental health impact of Diabetes. During the program, participants will build their understanding of the psychological impacts of coping with a chronic illness and develop self-management skills. Through psychoeducation and discussion, participants will explore the current difficulties in their journey and be better prepared to identify their own symptoms to implement skills to sustain wellness.

Program lead

Instructor: Valerie

Valerie Tsang

Clinical Program Manager

Upcoming dates for this group

Day Starting Time Status
Thurs Sept 23 2021 2-3:30pm EST Full
Day Starting Time Status
Thurs Sept 23 2021 2-3:30pm EST Full
More about this program

As part of the Coping with Diabetes group, registered participants will work in a group format with a dedicated therapist to build self-management skills to better cope with the mental health impacts of Diabetes and foster hope for the future.

Throughout the 8 week program, participants will join weekly online sessions to work on a variety of skills and techniques in a safe and supportive environment. Participants will learn skills from evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for increasing the understanding of thoughts and feelings as well as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for emotional regulation, increasing acceptance of life’s challenges and improving relationships.

Topics to be covered include: the symptom cycle of chronic illness, the impact of Diabetes on mental health, processing the loss of “normalcy” and establishing a “new normal”, as well as improving coping skills, problem solving and emotional regulation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What will I need to access the online sessions?

All sessions will be completed online through Layla’s secure video portal. Participants are required to use a desktop or laptop computer (no mobile phones).

Is the Coping with Diabetes group right for me?

The Coping with Diabetes Group is designed for adults over the age of 18 who are interested in improving their skills to cope with Diabetes.

After completing the online intake, group participants will have the opportunity to set up a brief call with a Layla Care Coordinator to answer questions if needed. At this time, the program is open to residents of Ontario and Alberta.

How does the online group format for the Coping with Diabetes group work?

There will be up to 12 participants in each group. Each online group session will be structured with an opening check-in to bring participants into the group session. Each session will include discussion and introduction of a topic or skills. Materials including handouts and worksheets will be provided prior to the start of each group. 

Sessions will be conducted through secure video, and participants will be asked to commit to confidentiality. Only your first name will be used with other group members and sessions will not be recorded. This program will include up to 12 participants.

How much does the Coping with Diabetes group cost?

The program price will be updated shortly. For more information, please email us at

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Waitlist options are available

Registration is open on a rolling basis and each group will only remain open while spots are available (12 per group) or until five business days before the start of the group. If you would like to join the waitlist for a specific group, please email us and a care-coordinator will reach out to you to discuss options.

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