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A Relational Approach

More and more today we hear about the increasing problem of mental health challenges faced by too many children, youth, and families.  It’s an extremely troubling picture affecting people in all walks of life.

But there is good news. Today we understand much more about the most effective ways to help children, youth and families experiencing challenges, and we know much more about the skills and knowledge that can help them avoid such problems in the future.  Every day, countless individuals take deliberate, positive steps forward in their own recovery toward a more fulfilling life.

The key is something called a Relational approach, and it is the basis of all Ripple Effect programs and services. Through the power of human relationships, children and youth are helped to recognize and apply strengths and positive attributes in themselves, develop adaptive, self-empowering beliefs, master coping techniques to deal with stressful situations, and begin to formulate practical strategies to achieve their future goals.

If you are seeking help for yourself or someone in your family, the Ripple Effect approach can make a real difference.  We offer a range of counseling and psychoeducational services, including individual and group options for children, youth, adults, and families. We hope you’ll contact us to discuss your particular needs.

Lisa Marucci

Lisa Marucci

CCW, MSW, RSW, Clinical Director

Lisa is a Master’s level clinician with degrees from the University of Toronto 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 was the founding Executive Director of the Gatehouse Child Abuse Advocacy Centre in Etobicoke, Canada. Under her leadership The Gatehouse was awarded Best Practice Site recognition by the Office of the Attorney General. Lisa has been an Instructor at Ryerson University for 17 years, and has operated a private child and adult clinical Social Work practice in Toronto since 2001.

Ron Old

Ron Old

CYW, BA (CYC), Program Manager

Ron Old has worked as a Child and Youth Care Worker in a variety of settings since 1980, including group home, school-based, and clinical programs. He has a diploma in Child and Youth Work from George Brown College and a Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Counselling from Ryerson University. He has been a part-time Instructor in the Child and Youth Care Program at Humber College since 2006, and currently operates a private child and family counselling practice in Toronto.

Katina Watson

Katina Watson

MA, Couns., Psych Parent Support Manager

Katina Watson has been a Director, Manager and Clinician in the child and youth mental health sector for over 30 years, and has been involved in the development of many innovative youth and family programs.

Katina is a Registered Psychotherapist currently in private practice, and holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, as well as extensive training in many therapeutic modalities, such as CBT, trauma treatment, solution focused brief therapy, self-harm, etc.

Katina enjoys working directly with families and their children in many different developmental stages and circumstances, and works from a strength based perspective.

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