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When we are stressed,
we are not our best selves.

Ripple Effect Services can help you navigate those difficult times.

Our History

Bringing together over 70 combined years of experience working within various mental health settings, Lisa and Ron founded Ripple Effect Services in 2018 to share their enthusiasm for relational, neurologically informed approaches. Their passions for self-development and continued learning have coalesced to create the Ripple Effect Model.

If you are seeking help for yourself or someone in your life, contact us today to discover how we can support your personal journey.

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Safety & Connection

We work towards creating a societal climate of safety, connection, and harmony where the uniqueness and vibrancy of people is recognized and celebrated.

We encourage awareness of how our human responses and actions reveal our ancestral histories, past traumas, and unconscious biases.


We strive for humility, compassion, brave conversations, and deep curiosity of ourselves and others. We believe these qualities are the routes of change for societal injustices.

Diversity & Inclusion

We acknowledge the injustice of privileges granted to us through the ongoing systemic oppression of Indigenous, Black, racialized peoples, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people and 2SLGBTQI+ folx everywhere.


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Annie Liston Walters, RP, DTATI

Annie is an art and movement fanatic with an endless curiosity of the world and all its creatures. Annie strongly believes in the strengths and abilities of all individuals and works to support folks to live to their healthiest, fullest lives. A session with Annie may include art-making, movement, breathing, or exploring thoughts and feelings with curiosity and openness.

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Carolyn Hudson, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Carolyn has a degree in Child and Youth Care, a Bachelors of Social Work and has a Masters of Social Work. Her therapeutic approach is centred around anti-oppressive practice, embodied practices, and trauma informed approaches. Within sessions, Carolyn utilizes expressive-art based activities including dance movement as well incorporating polyvagal theory and mindfulness.

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Christina Lee, MA, RP, DTATI

Christina believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to explore personal challenges in an empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative space. She is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy from Laurier University, and has worked at the Dr. Jay Children’s Grief Centre to support families who are experiencing serious illness, grief, and bereavement.

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Courtney Chow, RP, R-DMT

Courtney is a registered psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling and Dance/Movement Therapy. Courtney’s therapeutic approach integrates evidence-based practices with other body-based and artistic forms of healing.

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Fareezeh Avari, LMSW, RSW

Fareezeh is a clinical social worker with a Master’s of Social Work. Registered with the OCSWSSW, she has a license with the New York State Education Department as a licensed master social worker. Fareezeh enjoys working with individuals of all ages to create a space where people feel safe, comfortable and free to co-create the counselling they need.

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Jessy Perez, BSW, MSW, RSW

Jessy focuses on mindfulness, de-escalation and motivational interviewing strategies to foster positive changes. She is well-versed in supporting clients from a trauma-informed lens, who are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, substance or behavioural concerns, self-esteem and mental and emotional health.


Ashlee Parker BSW, RSW

Ashlee is a clinical social worker with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Social Work(certification pending). She believes in the power of an authentic human connection and employs a stance with clients that positions them as the experts of their own lives yet also works to foster growth and insight. Ashlee is passionate about mind-body informed approaches that promote strength, resilience, and wellness. 

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Kelly Cassano, MSc, CYW, CYCP

Kelly holds a MSc in CYC and has spent the last 20 years learning from resilient and bright young people in the field of Child and Youth Care, in both direct practice and management. She has also spent over 12 years teaching in Child and Youth Care programs, where her students continue to inspire her work.

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Lisa Marucci, CCW, MSW, RSW

Lisa is a Master’s level clinician with degrees from U of T in the Masters of Social Work Women’s Collaborative Program, an Honours BA in Women’s Studies from York University, and a diploma from George Brown College as a Child Care Worker. Lisa has been an Instructor at Toronto Metropolitan University for 17 years, and has operated a private child and adult clinical Social Work practice in Toronto since 2001.

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Nancy Marshall, MA CYC, RSW

Nancy holds a BA and MA in Child and Youth Care from Toronto Metropolitan University. She is currently finishing her doctoral studies at York University in the Faculty of Education with a focus on neurodiversity-affirming care for autistic young people. She has over 15 years experience supporting autistic and neurodivergent young people and their families in school and community settings. Her therapeutic approaches with all young people are playful, relational, emotion-focused, and polyvagal-informed.

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Ron Old, BA, CYC

Ron Old has worked as a Child and Youth Care Worker in a variety of settings since 1980. He has a diploma in Child and Youth Work from George Brown College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Counselling from Toronto Metropolitan University, and is a part-time Instructor in the Child and Youth Care Program at Humber College since 2006.

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Shaun Mazzocca, RP(Q), CCC

Shaun specializes in working with creatives, performers and athletes. As a qualifying Registered Psychotherapist, he has an understanding of creative individuals and unconventional lifestyles. Shaun approaches therapy with an understanding of unique individual traumas that contribute to the development of behaviour patterns that can sometimes keep us stuck in life, relationships, and career.

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