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The Centre for MindBody Health (CMBH) welcomes clients for our Family & Friends Group.

Date and Time: Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm beginning October 12, 2022 until January 4, 2023.

Where: Online

About the Family & Friends Skills Group:

The Family and Friends Group is a 13-week group designed for those with relationships with individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) or otherwise challenged with emotional dysregulation. Through education, skills training and network building, group members will learn how to navigate these relationships and support their own and their loved one’s well-being.

The F&F Group Has Four Main Objectives:

  1. Understand the origins, symptoms, and behaviours associated with BPD and emotion dysregulation.
  2. Better manage and improve your relationships with those struggling with BPD or emotional dysregulation.
  3. Increase resilience and promote optimism for caregivers and/or loved ones of those with BPD and/or emotional dysregulation.
  4. Develop a support network with a like-minded community.

Cost per session

$140 per person. Parents or family members who register together will receive a discount.

How to register

Family members and friends can register for the Family & Friends Group or for DBT Family Coaching by contacting our Administrative Team at cmbh@cmbh.space or at 416-855-2624.

Group Facilitators:

Justean Lebel

Justean Lebel received her Masters of Social Work from York University and is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service workers. She recently completed the Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) Certificate Program offered by Dr. Shelley McMain at the University of Toronto and is now pursuing DBT-Linehan Board Certification in a supervised practice at the Centre for MindBody Health.

Justean has ten years experience providing individual and group therapy to parents/relatives of individuals struggling with their mental health; she deploys Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Interviewing.

Justean specializes in providing DBT support to families of a member diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or features of emotion dysregulation. She is skilled and passionate about offering families the tools they need to effectively address their family crises.

Justean is driven by her own healing journey through emotion dysregulation and family distress; her style is warm and honest and holds hope in everyone’s capacity to recover.

Laura ReznickLaura Reznick

Laura Reznick obtained her Masters of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. She works with adults, adolescents and families challenged by a variety of concerns. Her work is person-centered and collaborative, using her training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy. Prior to joining CMBH, Laura interned with the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training Program at Columbia University and at the DBT Adolescent Unit in Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital.

She has extensive experience treating adults and adolescents with personality disorders, depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, psychosis, and eating disorders. Prior to her career as a social worker, Laura was a doctoral candidate in English literature at City University of New York Graduate Centre. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry from Hunter College, and taught literature and writing at numerous colleges in New York City.

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