Did you know that 8% of adults will experience a major depressive episode during their lifetime? And yet 49% of individuals who have experienced depression or anxiety have never gone to a doctor because of it.

Depression affects how someone feels, thinks, and behaves. Someone dealing with depression may experience a combination of symptoms that include persistent low mood, loss of interest or motivation, fatigue, irritability, changes in sleeping or eating habits, feelings of hopelessness, loss of self-worth, and more.

Types of Depression

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), sometimes referred to as clinical depression, can be diagnosed when an individual has experienced severe symptoms of depression for a period of longer than two weeks.

Dysthymia/Persistent Depressive Disorder is characterized by consistent, chronic low mood, and mild to moderate symptoms of depression. Though the symptoms of dysthymia are less severe than those of MDD, some individuals with this form of depression may also experience one or more major depressive episodes throughout their lives.

Postpartum Depression. Whereas many people may experience some sadness or ‘blues’ after giving birth, someone with Postpartum Depression experiences more severe symptoms of depression, that persist for a longer period of time.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This form of depression is characterized by symptoms of depression that occur during fall and winter months.

Therapy can help

Someone struggling with depression cannot simply ‘cheer up’ or ‘snap out of it.’ Psychotherapy methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have been shown to help individuals learn how to understand and manage their depression in order to minimize its effects on their daily life, health, and relationships.

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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, 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.

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Layla takes your privacy and the security of your information seriously. Electronic personal information shared with Layla is stored in a secure and encrypted way. Video sessions are not recorded. You can learn more about our privacy practices here.

I'm a healthcare provider. Can I refer to Layla?

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Do you work on weekends?

Several of our therapists offer sessions on weekends, and you can let us know of that preference when you sign up and we will do our best to accommodate.

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.

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