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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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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 MSW, 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. 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.


Anika Edwards, RECE, RP(Q)

Anika exemplifies a dynamic new therapist. Her passion for assisting folks of all ages is informed by her years of understanding human growth and development. Anika's fervor for establishing a secure and nurturing environment is unparalleled. With her on your team individuals can experience an empowering relationship wherein they can take the lead to towards their own path to growth and health. 

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Hyunjin/Jinny Cho BSW, MSW Graduate Intern

Hyunjin is one of Ripple's recent graduate interns. Hyunjin stands out as an exceptional individual, driven by an unyielding passion for aiding others. Beyond her academic accomplishments, she channels her creativity through artistic endeavors, engages in martial arts, and indulges in swimming. Hyunjin demonstrates a keen enthusiasm for embracing new challenges, particularly those involving collaboration with others. Her notable proficiency in crisis counseling, community support, and outreach is complemented by her adeptness in mindfulness-based therapy, marking her as a consummate professional in her field. Above all, Hyunjin places the utmost importance on establishing safe and welcoming environments.

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Katherine Borak, CYW, BA CYC, MEd, PhD, RSW (pending)

Katherine is a highly experienced Child and Youth Care Practitioner with a commendable 25-year track record in diverse clinical environments focused on children, youth, and families. Her extensive career has been predominantly dedicated to inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry and instructing in post-secondary education, specifically within Child and Youth Care Programs. Katherine holds both an Advanced Diploma and a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Youth Care. Additionally, she has earned a Master's Degree and a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education-University of Toronto. Continuously motivated by the students she instructs and the youth and families with whom she collaborates in practice, Katherine remains steadfast in her commitment to enhancing the well-being of those she serves.

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Christina Lee, MA, RP, DTATI

Christina is a Registered Psychotherapist with a Master’s in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy and a Professional Art Therapy designation. She believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to explore personal challenges in an empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative space. She 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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Melanie Soloman BSW, MSW Graduate Intern

Meet Melanie, one of Ripple's esteemed Graduate Interns. Melanie finds joy in playing musical instruments, unwinding at the beach, and engaging with animals. However, her true passion lies in ensuring the safety, visibility, and active listening for all those she encounters. Possessing a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Melanie brings forth four years of experience in delivering crisis support to individuals spanning diverse backgrounds and age groups. Her commitment to effecting positive change is grounded in non-judgmental, anti-oppressive principles, evident in both her compassionate demeanor and spirited approach.

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