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

Ripple Effect Services can help children navigate life’s difficult moments.

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.

Contact us today to discover how we can support you and your family.

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Annie Liston Walters, RP, DTATI - Headshot of a person standing against neutral backdrop

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 empower children and youth to live their healthiest, fullest lives. A session with Annie may include art-making, movement, breathing, or exploring thoughts and feelings with curiosity and openness.

Carolyn Hudson, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW - Headshot of a person outside

Carolyn Hudson, BSW, MSW, RSW

Carolyn has a degree in Child and Youth Care, a Bachelors of Social Work and has a Masters of Social Work. With over 5 years in adolescent mental health care, her therapeutic approach is trauma informed, anti-oppressive and centred around embodied practices. Within sessions, Carolyn utilizes expressive-art based activities including dance movement as well incorporating polyvagal theory and mindfulness.

Christina Lee, MA, RP, DTATI - Headshot of a person against a rustic backdrop

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.

Courtney Chow, RP, R-DMT - Headshot of a person against a body of water in the background

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. She is committed to helping children and youth overcome challenges and move towards their personal goals.

Fareezeh Avari, LMSW, RSW - Headshot of a person against house interior

Fareezeh Avari, LMSW, RSW

Fareezeh is a clinical social worker with a Master’s of Social Work. She is also a master social worker licensed with the New York State Education Department. Fareezeh creates a therapeutic space where children and youth feel safe and comfortable and where they can also have a little fun in the process. She values what children have to say and is always open to what they have to say.

Jessy Perez, BSW, MSW, RSW - Headshot of a person against a seaside backdrop

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 children and youth from a trauma-informed lens, who are struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, substance or behavioural concerns. She views healing in a holistic way and brings creativity and flexibility to her practice.


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 creating a therapeutic space that is fun, playful and honours the individual goals and perspectives of the youth and children she works with. Ashlee is passionate about mind-body informed approaches that promote strength, resilience, and wellness. 

Kelly Cassano, MSc, CYW, CYCP - Headshot of a person against a household backdrop

Kelly Cassano, MSc, CYW, CYCP

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

Lisa Marucci, CCW, MSW, RSW - Headshot of a person against a backdrop of books

Lisa Marucci, CCW, MSW, RSW

Lisa is the Clinical Director of Ripple Effect Children’s Services. She holds a Masters of Social Work, Women’s Collaborative Program, from U of T, a 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.

​​Nancy Marshall, MA CYC, RSW - Headshot of a person outside against a river backdrop

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. Today Ron coordinates the intake process for new clients and facilitates Ripple Effect’s Parent Workshops.

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Shaun Mazzocca, RP(Q), CCC

Shaun is a qualifying Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in working with creatives, performers and athletes. He has an understanding of creative individuals and the unique traumas that contribute to the development of behavioural patterns that can keep us feeling stuck or dissatisfied. Shaun has a passion for acting and loves to use drama exercises in his therapeutic approach.

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