Recovery Skills Group
for Eating Disorders

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What it is

This group supports individuals who struggle with difficult feelings, thoughts, and/or behaviours about food or weight. Participants will 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. The program is open to adults affected by any Eating Disorder or struggle more generally with feelings, thoughts, or behaviours related to food.

Topics to be covered include: the impact of Eating Disorders on physical health, exploration of body and self 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.

Day Starting Time Status
Wed Oct 5 2022 6-7:30pm EST Full
Wed Nov 30 2022 6-7:30pm EST Open

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Recovery Skills for Eating Disorders program right for me?

The Recovery Skills for Eating Disorder 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. Participants may have a diagnosis of Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge Eating, or other eating disorders, or may more broadly struggle with their relationship to food, eating, and weight.

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.

How does the Recovery Skills for Eating Disorders 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 the Recovery Skills for Eating Disorders group cost?

The cost for the 12-week program is $870, which covers all 12 weeks of the program. The balance is to be paid by the due date issued on the invoice.

Clients will receive a receipt with the therapist 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.

What types of skills will the group cover?

The Recovery Skills 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®.

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