Recovery Skills Group for eating disorders & disordered eating

What it is

This group is designed to support individuals who struggle with difficult feelings, thoughts, and/or behaviours about food or weight. During the course of the program, participants will be supported to examine their own frameworks around food and identify and challenge unhelpful thoughts and feelings. Through discussion and collaboration, participants will gain insight into their individual recovery pathway and develop a framework that focuses on health and empowerment.

Program lead

Dr. Monica Hinton

Clinical Consultant

Upcoming dates for this group

Day Starting Time Status
Wed Jan 12 2022 6-7:30pm EST Open
Thurs Feb 16 2022 6-7:30pm EST Open
Day Starting Time Status
Wed Jan 12 2022 6-7:30pm EST Open
Thurs Feb 16 2022 6-7:30pm EST Open
More about this program

As part of the Recovery Skills group, registered participants will work in a group format with a dedicated Layla therapist to build skills and explore strategies to support individual recovery and move towards lasting change.

Throughout the 12 week program, participants will join weekly online sessions to learn a variety of skills and techniques in a safe and supportive environment which respects the unique experiences of each participant. The group is based on evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for increasing the understanding of thoughts and feelings, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for emotional regulation and mindfulness, as well as drawing from the principles of Health at Every Size®.

Topics to be covered include: the impact of Eating Disorders on physical health, exploration of body image and core beliefs, the behaviour and feelings cycle, processing shame and guilt, hope and change, and developing insights on our individual pathway of recovery.

This group respects the experience and efforts of participants wherever they may be in their process of recovery and as such, any potentially triggering conversations regarding specific foods, medications, numbers (e.g. calories), direction of weight changes, exercise behaviours, ED symptoms and diagnoses, details about trauma and self-harm behaviours are not discussed in session.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this Eating Disorders Recovery Skills program right for me?

The Recovery Skills Group is designed for adults over the age of 18 who are affected by an Eating Disorder or disordered eating impacting their wellness and quality of life. 

In advance of registering for the program, the Layla team will help you assess fit for this program. This will include a short phone call so you will have a chance to ask any questions you might have as well.
At this time, the program is open to residents of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

How does the Eating Disorders Recovery online group format work?

There will be up to 10 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.

Sessions will be conducted through secure video, and participants will be asked to commit to confidentiality. You have the option to only use your first name with other group members and sessions will not be recorded. This program will include up to 10 participants.

How much does this Eating Disorders Recovery Skills group cost?

This program is offered at a total of $755 including tax, which covers all 12 sessions / 18 hours of the program. Valerie Tsang a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, and clients will receive a receipt with her license information that may be used for employer benefits reimbursement. We encourage you to check your health benefits to verify if you are covered for this type of provider (or let us know if we can help with that).

I’m feeling anxious about joining the group. Is this common?

As you consider joining a therapy group you may notice a variety of emotional reactions arise. It is not unusual for people to experience discomfort, anxiety, or worry when they think about making changes. You may feel anxious about starting a group and joining sessions, especially on the first day, but those feelings will likely decrease throughout the session and with each session you attend. Adjusting to a new experience in a new environment will take time.

‍I’m worried that I’ll be judged when I share my experience.

Kindness, compassion, respect, and inclusivity, are the core values that frame the conversations in the group. At the first session, ground rules and expectations are reviewed. During each session, the group facilitator will encourage engagement with the materials through psychoeducation and discussion. Participants are welcome to decide when, what, and how much they would like to share within group discussions. The goal is for participants to move through their process at their own pace within a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

What can I expect during group sessions?

Each session will begin with an opening exercise to bring participants into the space and to bring focus to the topic of the day. Handouts and/or worksheets will be provided prior to the start of each group session. Each session will cover a specific topic or skill and will include discussion to increase understanding as well as foster an environment of support and learning within the group. The session ends with a closing exercise.

There is no homework for this group. Instead, participants are invited to engage with the relevant materials between sessions to solidify their learnings at their own comfort level and pace.

Can I contact the facilitator outside of group sessions?

The group facilitator is available to respond to non-urgent questions outside of sessions but is not accessible for emergency or crisis support. You may forward your non-urgent questions to the facilitator via email and expect an answer on group day prior to the start of group. In the event of an emergency or crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department for further assistance.

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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 (10 per group) or until two business days before the start of the group. If you would like to join the waitlist for a specific group, please email us and care-coordinator will reach out to you to discuss options.

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