Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a therapeutic method deriving from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), that incorporates mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies.
DBT is now widely used to treat mental health concerns, including anxiety, emotional dysregulation, borderline personality disorder, and mood disorders.

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Dialectical Thinking: A core concept in DBT

What is Dialectical Thinking?

Dialectical thinking is a core concept in DBT and is helpful in many situations. Dialectics encourage individuals to find more flexibility in their thinking and teaches us to balance acceptance and change.

DBT Group Support

Learn to implement Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques and strategies in a group format while getting the support of a licensed therapist. Layla offers a variety of DBT groups to best meet you where you are.

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New to DBT

DBT Skills Group - 12 Weeks

In this group, individuals will learn to implement DBT techniques and strategies including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

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Experienced with DBT

DBT Advanced Skills Roundtable

This program is for individuals who have previously learned DBT skills within a group or individual sessions and are looking for ongoing support applying DBT skills to their daily life.

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DBT for Youth

DBT for Teens and Parents (DBT- A)

DBT- A is a therapeutic program for parents and youth who are looking for tools and strategies that young people and their families can use to promote emotional regulation.

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Meet our DBT Group Facilitators

Layla's Group Therapy programs are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in Ontario, Alberta, or British Columbia.  

Meet our full team
Nicolette JulienNicolette Julien
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Nicolette is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with individuals, families and couples facing a range of mental health challenges. Her approach is rooted in the belief that clients are the experts of their own lives, and in collaboration with the therapist skills they can together navigate the journey of healing. She has extensive experience working with youth, families and individuals using a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy approach among many others. "I believe that we face many challenges in our lives that can be burdensome, and to do this alone can be very painful. In therapy, we can find a place of togetherness to navigate a journey of healing using a variety of different strategies and skills."

Skye NagySkye Nagy
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Skye is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with individuals facing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, eating disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her approach is centered on creating a safe, authentic, and nonjudgmental environment to allow individuals to explore their goals, values, and strengths, and identify barriers that are causing distress in life. Skye views client concerns through a trauma-informed lens to help clients shift their narrative of "what's wrong with me?" to "this is what has happened to me". It is human nature to want to avoid things that cause us discomfort. It is our brain's way of trying to protect us from pain. We cannot control the negative thoughts that pop up into our heads, or stop uncomfortable emotions like anxiety, guilt and sadness from surfacing.

Audra PotterAudra Potter
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Audra holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Since 2013, Audra has worked in the areas of mental health and clinical social work. Her experience working within the provincial health care system has taught her to view the challenges people face from a holistic perspective. Her areas of focus have been working with adults experiencing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, phobias, borderline personality disorder, transitions, relationship issues, loss and grief, and learning to adopt more effective habits and coping in life. Her approach is based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). She focuses on trauma work through the use of accelerated resolution therapy (ART).

Kristen CairneyKristen Cairney
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Kristen is a registered social worker who holds a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Family Relations and Human Development. She has over 10 years experience in DBT. She believes that sometimes people are a little uncertain about whether therapy might be helpful to them and they need to be given space to explore this. "Often when we are hurt or struggling, it can feel overwhelming or even impossible to make changes, but I am here to help clients find their inner resilience and take that first step. I think it is important to integrate trauma-informed practices, but also to provide people with a toolkit of practical skills they can apply in their lives, so they can begin to experience relief."

Kristen MitchellKristen Mitchell
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Kristen has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in Clinical Specialization and has several years focussing on overall Mental Health and Wellness in addressing mood disorders including anxiety and depression both with individuals and couples. Her multi-faceted approach highlights the link between our psychological, biological and social constructs. This lens supports the unique individual, their genetic makeup and their overall surroundings. Kristen tends to focus on emotional regulation presenting Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as linking thoughts, emotions and behaviors through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Kristen has completed her Level 1 in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy to assist couples in working through challenges with communication and developing skills necessary manage conflict, deepen friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

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Testimonials

DBT Skills Group participant, March 2022

I was feeling very low and depressed prior to the group. This session helped lift my spirits.

DBT Skills Group participant, March 2022
The new material regarding values is very interesting and new to me, I'm excited to do the homework and explore this side of myself.

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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.

How does pricing work?

Pricing through Layla is transparent. Your initial call and matching is always free. Therapy sessions are $150 per 50 min session for individuals, and $170 per 50 min session for couples counselling. Group therapy prices vary depending on the group. Sessions provided by a Psychologist in Alberta and British Columbia are offered at $200 per 50 min.

What is ​Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)?

DBT was first designed for clients with Borderline Personality Disorder, a population characterized by emotion dysregulation. DBT is now widely used to treat other mental health concerns, including anxiety and mood disorders. The comprehensive model of DBT is completed over one year and includes individual therapy, skills group, phone coaching and consultation team. Want to learn more about DBT and how it works? Click here.

Which DBT Skills program right for me?

Layla has a variety of options to best meet your current DBT needs whether it is individual therapy or group therapy!

Individual therapy provides 1 to 1 support for adults and youth looking to work with a registered mental health professional with DBT specialization. This is a good option if you’re looking for a more individualized focus for sessions.

Our DBT group programming offers options for individuals 18+ who are new or more experienced with DBT skills in a supportive group setting. In the DBT Skills Group - 12 weeks, individuals learn to implement DBT techniques and strategies. If you are new to DBT Skills, this may be a good way to introduce DBT Skills into your daily life. The program is also a good choice should you be looking to refresh your knowledge of DBT Skills.

If you have experience with DBT Skills through previous individual or group sessions, and are 18+, the DBT Advanced Skills Roundtable may be a better fit for you! Sessions focus on supporting you in increasing your comfort level in integrating core DBT Skills into your daily life. You will also have access to Layla’s DBT library as part of your program fees.

The DBT for Teens and Parents (DBT-A) program is specifically designed for youth 13-17 and their caregivers. During the program, young people and their families can build their skills and strategies to promote emotion regulation.

Depending on the program you choose, there may be program specific restrictions. Please navigate to the program specific page for more information or contact our team at groups@layla.care for assistance!

Our care team is here for you

Chantal SantosChantal Santos
Care Coordinator

Chantal has a diverse professional career with experience ranging from customer service, community-based work, clinical work, to mental health and more. As a graduate with honors of the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant program, Chantal has gained comprehensive experience with chronic pain, neurological conditions, neurodivergent populations, mental health as well as MVA and WSIB clients. She has gained her experience through working in a hospital, clinical, and community setting. Chantal spent the majority of her life immersed in the arts; pursuing dance in her youth, and then teaching it to individuals with differing ages and abilities. Chantal was an Ambassador and Community Leader with the Toronto Argonauts, where she spent her time working and volunteering at various events and charities. She advocated for the anti-bullying and prevention program “Huddle Up”, as well as programs supporting the well-being of youth. Outside of work, Chantal loves to spend her time practicing yoga, listening to vinyl, reading and going for hikes.

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.

Amira Cheikh Amira Cheikh
Care Coordinator

Amira completed her Social Work education at MacEwan University. She has worked in 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, travelling, and hijab styling.

Carol MairenaCarol Mairena
Care Coordinator

Carol is a registered Social Worker with over 4 years of working with individuals, families, youth and children in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Carol completed her Undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo and continued to pursue her Bachelor of Social Work Degree at Renison University College. Before Pursuing her Bachelor of Social Work Carol volunteered with at-risk youth and spent time completing humanitarian work in Guatemala which led to her interest in culturally sensitive mental health services. Carol has previously worked and volunteered with refugees, international students and Indigenous Individuals and is passionate about accessible mental health services for marginalized communities. In her downtime, Carol enjoys reading, watching movies, trying new recipes, singing karaoke and film photography.

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.

Alessandra Turavani Alessandra Turavani
Care Coordinator

Alessandra has an educational background in social work and has studied at George Brown College and York University. She has a diverse background in the health and social services sector supporting individuals, families and caregivers with system navigation, case management and care coordination. She has worked in multiple settings including Long Term Care, several non-profit organizations, and Primary Care. Alessandra’s hobbies include reading, hot yoga, hiking, and spending time with her dog.

How can we support?

Our care team will help you find the right therapist or group based on where you are and what your goals are in your journey implementing Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.

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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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Meet our DBT Group facilitators.

Layla's Group Therapy programs are facilitated by licensed mental health professionals in Ontario, Alberta, or British Columbia.  

Meet our full team
Skye NagySkye Nagy
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Skye is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with individuals facing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, eating disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her approach is centered on creating a safe, authentic, and nonjudgmental environment to allow individuals to explore their goals, values, and strengths, and identify barriers that are causing distress in life. Skye views client concerns through a trauma-informed lens to help clients shift their narrative of "what's wrong with me?" to "this is what has happened to me". It is human nature to want to avoid things that cause us discomfort. It is our brain's way of trying to protect us from pain. We cannot control the negative thoughts that pop up into our heads, or stop uncomfortable emotions like anxiety, guilt and sadness from surfacing.

Kristen MitchellKristen Mitchell
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Kristen has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) in Clinical Specialization and has several years focussing on overall Mental Health and Wellness in addressing mood disorders including anxiety and depression both with individuals and couples. Her multi-faceted approach highlights the link between our psychological, biological and social constructs. This lens supports the unique individual, their genetic makeup and their overall surroundings. Kristen tends to focus on emotional regulation presenting Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as linking thoughts, emotions and behaviors through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Kristen has completed her Level 1 in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy to assist couples in working through challenges with communication and developing skills necessary manage conflict, deepen friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.

Audra PotterAudra Potter
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Audra holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University. She is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Since 2013, Audra has worked in the areas of mental health and clinical social work. Her experience working within the provincial health care system has taught her to view the challenges people face from a holistic perspective. Her areas of focus have been working with adults experiencing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, phobias, borderline personality disorder, transitions, relationship issues, loss and grief, and learning to adopt more effective habits and coping in life. Her approach is based in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). She focuses on trauma work through the use of accelerated resolution therapy (ART).

Kristen CairneyKristen Cairney
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Kristen is a registered social worker who holds a Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Family Relations and Human Development. She has over 10 years experience in DBT. She believes that sometimes people are a little uncertain about whether therapy might be helpful to them and they need to be given space to explore this. "Often when we are hurt or struggling, it can feel overwhelming or even impossible to make changes, but I am here to help clients find their inner resilience and take that first step. I think it is important to integrate trauma-informed practices, but also to provide people with a toolkit of practical skills they can apply in their lives, so they can begin to experience relief."

Nicolette JulienNicolette Julien
Clinical Consultant, Group Therapy

Nicolette is a Registered Psychotherapist who works with individuals, families and couples facing a range of mental health challenges. Her approach is rooted in the belief that clients are the experts of their own lives, and in collaboration with the therapist skills they can together navigate the journey of healing. She has extensive experience working with youth, families and individuals using a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy approach among many others. "I believe that we face many challenges in our lives that can be burdensome, and to do this alone can be very painful. In therapy, we can find a place of togetherness to navigate a journey of healing using a variety of different strategies and skills."