Funding for Owners and Employees of Hard Hit
Small Businesses


The existing program funding has been fully allocated, and we are not able to enroll any additional clients at this time. Please check back here for updates. You can also email us on info@layla.care if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding.


Brought to you in partnership with CCRW.

Layla has partnered with Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) to offer funded mental health support solutions to owners and employees of small and medium sized businesses hard hit by the pandemic.

Your mental health matters.

What is this funding?

The funding covers tailored options for mental health support for eligible individuals including individual (up to 8 sessions) and group therapy options best suited to your needs. Your Layla Care Coordinator will help you identify the right solutions for you and guide you on your mental health journey. All your information shared is strictly confidential and will not be shared with your employer.

This funding program has a defined budget. Client enrollment for funding will be open until the earliest of August 31, 2022 or when program budget is fully used.

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to all Owners and employees

Is this for you?

This funding is focussed on supporting owners and employees of small and medium sized businesses that meet the following criteria:

How it works

1. Confirm eligibility

Determine if you are eligible by completing our eligibility evaluation form below

2. Complete our intake form

Complete our digital intake form to help us understand your mental health needs

3. Talk to a Care Coordinator

Connect with our care team to identify the right solutions tailored to your needs

4. Meet your therapist or group

Receive the right care for you

Your unique needs

A care team for you.

Our care team will help you find the right therapist or group from our curated community of licensed mental health professionals across Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.  

Meet our full team
Joel Figueiredo Joel Figueiredo
Care Coordinator

Joel has an educational background in psychology and social work with over 5 years of volunteering at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Joel finished his Undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Toronto and went on to complete his Bachelor of Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University. Joel has worked closely with survivors of intimate partner violence as well as perpetrators of intimate partner violence when completing his placement at the Abrigo Centre in Toronto. Here he found his passion for working with people on their journey to recover and gained an intimate understanding of the difficulties navigating systems for those who have language barriers. Joel believes that accessible mental health services are a gateway to total well-being for Canadians. Away from work, you can find Joel in the outdoors, dog watching at the park or playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Sarah ParsonsSarah Parsons
Care Coordinator

After starting a career in health insurance and group benefits, she developed an interest in mental health in a social context. She returned to school as a mature student and obtained a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Sociology and Child/Youth Studies. Sarah has dedicated herself to her education and worked on an extensive research project to develop community-based resources for LGBTQ+ youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her degree, she has worked in youth homeless shelters, senior support services, and disability advocacy. She continues to support students with disabilities through peer mentorship and advocacy groups at Brock University. Outside of work, Sarah is engaged in a lively francophone community in the Niagara Region and enjoy spending time outside exploring the beautiful landscapes her area has to offer!

Cecilia ManuCecilia Manu
Program Coordinator

Cecilia has over 10 years of providing customer service to many community and mental health organizations. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario and pursued further studies in the field of Applied Behavioural Analysis. She found out she had an affinity towards mental health and while volunteering at the Humber River Regional Hospital as a Mental Health Assistant. This led to some of her extensive experience with mental health which includes support to individuals with substance abuse disorders and volunteering as a support worker for Crisis Helplines.Some of Cecilia's hobbies include taking long walks, watching horror movies, and spending time with family.

Adrianna CobbingAdrianna Cobbing
Team Leader

Adrianna is a registered Social Worker who graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree. Adrianna’s experience has been focused on the importance of client-centered and evidence-based care within mental health. She has been involved in developing client intake processes, assessment, follow-up and implementing plans of care for individuals with diverse backgrounds, varied needs, preferences and goals. Additionally, Adrianna has worked with women who have experienced violence; substance use/addiction; homelessness; poverty; and unemployment. She understands the importance of creating connections with clients and is dedicated to helping them along the path to improved mental health. Some of Adrianna’s interests include: playing tennis; going to the movies with friends; and trying out new restaurants in and around Toronto.

Amira Cheikh Amira Cheikh
Care Coordinator

Amira completed her Social Work education at MacEwan University. She has worked in various roles in her social work career, such as with Edmonton Public Schools, where she worked with students and staff to promote mental health and inclusivity. As well as the City of Edmonton, where she helped citizens with daily issues and facilitated presentations about inclusivity. She has also worked in the medical field, reception, and customer service. Amira found her passion for mental health and social work after years of volunteer work and speaking with people in the profession. Amira enjoys spending time with family and friends in her free time, travelling, and hijab styling.

Dorraine LightbodyDorraine Lightbody
Care Coordinator

Dorraine obtained her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Burman University in Alberta. She has over five years of experience helping others with various mental health needs and disabilities. Her previous role was as Service Coordinator at Canadian Mental Health Association, where she helped adults with acquired brain injuries access services which allowed them to regain independence in self-identified areas of their lives. Dorraine realized she was passionate about mental health after sharing her therapy experience with family and friends, which then caused them to explore therapy on their own. She understands the importance of being client-centric so individuals can stay encouraged on their mental health journey. During her free time, Dorraine enjoys cooking, spending quality time with family and friends, and hiking the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.

Your Unique Options

Individual Therapy

1:1 Support

  • 8 sessions covered at a time that works for you
  • Connect with a therapist that matches your needs and preferences
  • Licensed mental health providers with various specializations
Learn more

Group Therapy

Group Support

  • Consultation with the Program Coordinator
  • 10-12 participants per group
  • Connect with fellow business owners and receive tailored support
Learn more

Group option 1

Building Resiliency for Business Owners

Facilitated by a Layla Therapist
  • Learn core skills
  • Apply concrete strategies into your daily life
Learn more

Group Option 2

Mental Wellness Support Group for Business Owners

Facilitated by a Layla Therapist
  • Drop in when you can
  • Receive peer validation and experience sharing
Learn more

Group Option 3

Layla's Available Groups


Facilitated by Layla Therapists
  • Recovery Skills for eating disorders
  • DBT Skills Group
  • Living Well With Diabetes
See all Groups

Individual Therapy

1 on 1
Support

  • 8 covered sessions
  • Options based on your unique needs
  • Supporting clients in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia
Learn more

Group Therapy

Group Support

  • Consultation with the Program Coordinator
  • 10-12 participants per group
  • Choose from our available group options that are specific to your needs
Learn more

Group Options

Layla's Available Groups

Facilitated by Layla Therapists.
  • Recovery Skills for eating Disorders
  • DBT Skills Group
  • Living Well with Diabetes
See available groups

Pricing

Simple, transparent

In most cases, therapy sessions are covered by your insurance provider. Sign up and talk to one of our care coordinators to find out more information—it’s free!

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Psychotherapist
Individuals $150 / Couples $170
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Social Worker
Individuals $150 / Couples $170
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Group Therapy
Prices Vary
*Based on Group

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Eligibility Evaluation

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this funding?

The funding offers tailored options for mental health support for eligible individuals including individual and group therapy options best suited to your needs and preferences. Our care team will help you navigate the right solutions for you and guide you on your mental health journey.

Who is this funding for?

This funding is focussed on supporting owners and employees of small and medium sized businesses that meet the eligible criteria: part of a small or medium sized business (between 1 and 500 employees) hard hit by the pandemic and facing barriers at work due to mental health challenges, have limited to no insurance benefits, not part of a government organization.

Who is CCRW?

CCRW is a non profit organization that focuses on supporting employers with accommodations around inclusion and hiring individuals with disabilities. They also help persons with disabilities find employment. CCRW is currently supporting Layla with our work around building inclusivity in our therapist matching process.

What is the cost of the services provided?

These services are completely free for eligible owners and employees. This funding covers the first 8 sessions with your matched therapist or the entire program of your preferred mental health group.

How long is the program?

This program covers 8 individual sessions with time being dependent on your availability to meet with your therapist. Group therapy will be 4-10 weeks depending on the program chosen.

Can I continue to see my therapist after I have finished the program?

Your mental health journey is yours and the period of time spent in therapy sessions is very individualized. This funding covers the first 8 sessions with your matched therapist and all sessions afterwards will be subjected to Layla's standard fee, $150 per 50 minute session.

How do I know if my mental health is creating challenges for me at work in order to be eligible?

Your mental health is an integral part of your overall well-being.  A few ways that your mental health could be impacting you at work indirectly include (but not limited to):

-Reduced focus/ability to concentrate

-Decline in productivity

-Increased absenteeism

-Increased worry/anxiety

-Decreased self-confidence

-Challenges with relationship management

If you are unsure, please talk to your care coordinator who will help you navigate the criteria for the program and guide you on your journey to getting support.