Emotion Regulation Skills Training (DBT)


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What it is

Do you struggle with managing intense emotions, getting through distressing situations, or maintaining relationships? If so, Emotion Regulation Skills Training may be right for you.

As part of the online Emotion Regulation Skills Training program, participants work in a group format with a dedicated Layla partner therapist to gain control of their emotions and thought patterns while increasing capacity to act and communicate effectively with others.

Throughout the 12 week/2-hours per week program, participants join online sessions where they learn to implement Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques and strategies including mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Program lead

Dylan Zambrano

Clinical Consultant

Upcoming dates for this group

Day Starting Time Status
Wed May 4 2021 6-8pm EST Full
Tue June 30 2021 6-8pm EST Open
Day Starting Time Status
Wed April 7 2021 6-8pm EST Full
Tue May 4 2021 6-8pm EST Open

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 a care coordinator will reach out to you to discuss options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Is the Emotion Regulation Skills Training program right for me? 

The Emotion Regulation Skills Training program is designed for adults over the age of 18 whose emotions (i.e. fear, anger, shame, sadness, guilt) and thoughts interfere with their overall quality of life. In other words, people whose mental health challenges are characterized by emotion dysregulation.

In advance of registering for the program, the Layla team can help you assess fit for this program.

At this time, the program is open to residents of Ontario and Alberta.

How does the online group format work?

There will be up to 10 participants in each group. Each online group session will be structured with an opening mindfulness practice. Each session will include the introduction of new skills, discussion, examples, and homework practice review. Materials including handouts and worksheets will be provided prior to the start of each group. This pilot group will be limited to up to eight participants.

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 10 participants.

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).

How much does the DBT group cost?

This program is offered at a total of $840 including tax, which covers all 12 sessions / 24 hours of the program. Dylan Zambrano is a Registered Social Worker, and clients will receive a receipt with his license information that may be used for employer benefits reimbursement.

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