Group Therapy

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Group Therapy is a form of talk therapy where registered participants work in a small group format (up to 12 participants) with a dedicated Layla partner therapist to build skills on a specific topic. Group Therapy sessions occur weekly and vary in length of sessions and program duration.

Depending on an individual’s needs and/or treatment plan, Group Therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with Individual Therapy. In addition to building an individual’s skill set, a group setting offers participants the benefit of sharing space with others with the same therapeutic concerns to decrease isolation as well as learn from and encourage one another.

What clients are saying about group therapy


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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.

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 group was amazing, the facilitator couldn't have been more perfect.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a widely used treatment option. It is an evidence-based approach that can be used alone or in conjunction with individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as medications.

What are the benefits of joining a Layla Group?

Group therapy has so many benefits for participants – not only do you get to work with a skilled mental health professional, but you also get to share space with other people experiencing similar issues. Whether sessions are in-person or online, you can learn from people from diverse backgrounds, get more comfortable speaking about mental health, receive support from others and give support back. Layla Groups are small, and each participant receives careful attention and support from the therapist.

Are your services covered by OHIP/AHCIP/MSP? Benefits?

Our services are not covered by OHIP/AHCIP/MSP/MSI, but most extended health plans cover some of the professional designations licensed to conduct therapy. Each plan is unique. If you’re planning on using your extended health benefits, we highly recommend you check your coverage in advance of the call so that we can connect you to the right provider.

Here’s what to look for: In your benefits booklet, insurance portal, or when you speak to an insurance representative specifically look for coverage for either 1. Registered Social Workers, or 2. Registered Psychotherapists (RP) or Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT), or 3. Psychologists. If you need our help in checking benefits, please let us know on the phone and we’ll gladly do what we can.

If affordability is a barrier for you, you may find these community-based alternatives helpful

What is a Layla Group session like?

Layla Groups will generally start with a check-in activity to bring everyone fully into the therapeutic space. Every session, your therapist will introduce new skills, facilitate discussion, share examples, and may provide practice review or “homework”. You’ll receive all the materials that you need, like handouts and worksheets, before the start of each group. 

At the end of the session, your therapist will lead the group through a check-out activity to prepare the group to leave the therapeutic space and bring the session to a close.

I’m feeling uncomfortable and anxious coming into the group. Is this common?

Yes definitely! Adjusting to a new experience in a new environment takes a bit of time. You may be feeling anxious as you start a new group, especially in the first session. The feelings of anxiety, discomfort or worry will likely decrease throughout the first session and with each session you attend. Take your time to settle in and participate as much (or as little) as you are comfortable with. The goal is for each of you to move through your own processes at your own pace within a safe, supportive and encouraging environment.

Will I be judged when I share my experience?

It can feel scary to open up and share with others. Just remember that the other participants in the group are also going through similar struggles and are trying to deal with similar things. You’ll most likely find that when you share your experience, you’ll see a lot of other group members nodding and agreeing as they have gone through similar things and felt similar feelings. Being seen, heard, and understood by someone else who has the same lived experience can feel so validating. 

We also review ground rules and expectations at session 1 and everyone agrees to follow these rules. Kindness, compassion, respect, and inclusivity, are the core values that frame all of the conversations in the group.