Emotion Regulation Skills Training

Online Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group

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

Upcoming group dates:
Mondays starting Oct 19, 2020: 6-8pm EST | 12 sessions
Wednesdays starting Jan 13th, 2021: 6-8pm EST | 12 sessions

Registration is open on a rolling basis. Registration for each group will only remain open while spots available (10 per group) or until two business days before the start of the group.

About the program

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. 

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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.
Is this 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 as the lead program therapist is licensed to serve patients in both provinces.

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.

At what times do the online group sessions take place?
The Summer 2020 Emotion Regulation Skills Training group will begin sessions on July 14th, 2020 with weekly sessions thereafter for the next 12 weeks. All sessions will be completed online through Layla’s secure portal from 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST, and participants are required to use a desktop computer.

How much does it 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.

Meet our program lead, Dylan Zambrano

Dylan Zambrano is a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist currently working on a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) team. Dylan has years of experience helping clients effectively manage emotional, behavioural and interpersonal challenges, in both individual and group psychotherapy settings. As your skills group facilitator, Dylan will help you thrive by applying skills that lead to greater acceptance, control and ease when faced with difficulties.
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