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Christie Frenette, MSW, RSW
Owner of Riptide Counselling

University of Toronto Adjunct Professor

Christie holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, along with a Masters of Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. She is registered with the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW), a registered member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (iCEEFT), and registered member of the Canadian Association of Play Therapy (CAPT). 


Christie has experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has worked in the mental health field for over a decade and currently devotes her time to pursuing certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and EMDR. She has specialized experienced in the areas of at-promise youth and families, international and domestic adoptions, as well as military families. Christie’s overall expertise is grounded in the knowledge of trauma and attachment.


Christie’s passion is to help individuals, couples and families build strong bonds; improving their sense of security and connectedness within their most valued relationships, and ultimately fostering resilience in the next generation. 


Seeking support can be daunting.
Bearing your soul to another is the most vulnerable act you can choose to do. My belief is that everyone has inherent value and worth and that we are all human. I will join you in the waves of life, through the current, as you enter a place of healing for yourself, your partnership, and/or your family.

Christie Frenette, MSW, RSW
Owner of Riptide Counselling


Nicole Ouellette, MSW, RSW 
Riptide Counselling Affiliate

Nicole Ouellette holds a Bachelor of Neuroscience from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia, along with a Masters of Social Work from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She is registered with the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW) and a registered member of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (iCEEFT).

Nicole has specialized knowledge in family violence, and the impact of trauma and exceptionalities on emotional processing along with experience working with military families. She is passionate about community development and has worked primarily in the non-profit sector. During her MSW Nicole specialized in trauma-informed community development; investigating the impact of community and individual trauma on people and communities.


Nicole has experience working with individuals, couples and groups, along with her community work. She believes that individual and community health is intimately tied to relationship health. She is currently working towards certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, deepening her capacity to support couples and families in an effective and meaningful way.

Nicole provides sessions in English and French. Nicole offre des suivis en français et l’anglais.



Shannon McCready, MSW, RSW
Riptide Counselling Affiliate

Shannon holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto. She is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) as a Private Practitioner. She is also registered with the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers (NBASW) and PEI Social Work Registration Board.


Shannon has over a decade of experience providing therapy to individuals and families. Shannon has particular experience navigating through grief and loss, depression, anxiety, family conflict and coping with overwhelming life transitions.  


Shannon works from a Trauma-informed attachment perspective. She has training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT and Play Therapy. She is a registered member of the Canadian Association of Play Therapy (CAPT). She is in the process of completing her Trauma Certificate and her Grief and Bereavement Certificate both from Laurier University. 


Shannon is providing virtual services only for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI.  


We are not our brother's keeper; we are our brother and we are our sister. We must look past complexion and see community. - Maya Angelou


Tanis Leach, MSW, RSW
Riptide Counselling Affiliate

Tanis Leach holds a BA in Psychology from Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario along with a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Child & Family Therapy from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester New York. She is currently registered with the New Brunswick Association of Social Work (NBASW) and has applied for registration to the Ontario College of Social Worker and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).


Tanis brings over 20 years of diverse experience, with a passion for family restoration. She has dedicated her expertise to individuals, couples, children, groups, and families within both faith-based and secular community and clinical settings. Trained in a holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual and strengths perspective, to guide individuals and families towards emotional wellness and wholeness. She is proficient in a wide array of therapeutic techniques such as, CBT, DBT, EFT, and Attachment-Based Therapy.


Tanis is deeply committed to empowering her clients with compassionate, personalized care and guidance, uniquely crafted to address their individual needs. She specializes in trauma, bereavement & grief, attachment issues, personality disorders, depression, chronic pain and illness as it impacts emotional and mental health and key relationships. Tanis is providing virtual services only for New Brunswick at this time. She will soon be able to offer virtual services to NS and Ontario once she is approved by the respective licensing bodies. 



Sydney Klassen, BA, RECE

Affiliate at Riptide Counselling

Sydney recently completed a Masters in Social Work (University of Toronto) as a  foundation to a career in the mental health field. With an undergrad in Early Childhood Studies and Psychology, she passionately pursued areas of research relating to trauma and resilience. She has taken a keen interest in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Play Therapy and EMDR which aligns with the modalities of Riptide. She continues to pursue training in these areas. 

Sydney began at Riptide Counselling in the early stages. She has taken on the roles, of marketing manager, student intern and admin support. Stay tuned for booking availability as she transitions once more to a part-time affiliate at Riptide Counselling, once she is approved by the proper licensing boards. 


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead


Alisha Peterson, BA, Bed, MA
Affiliate of Riptide Counselling

Alisha has recently completed her Master's of Counselling Psychology (MaCP). She has a passion for working with youth and supporting their mental health. Alisha has been an educator for the last 18 years and has served in the role of guidance counsellor. She has gained an interest in couples work over the period of her student placement and has received training in EFT. She continues to have a keen interest in trauma informed work with teens, individuals and couples. 


Stay tuned for Alisha's availability once she has completed registration with the appropriate licensing bodies.  



Jaël Marques de Souza, BA, JD
Student Intern at Riptide Counselling

Jaël has joined Riptide as a practicum student while completing her Masters of Social Work at the University of Toronto. As a practicum student, Jaël witnesses sessions, reviews reports and offers her own individual sessions at a discounted rate under the direct supervision of Christie Frenette, MSW, RSW.


Jaël completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at McGill University and her Juris Doctor in Law at Queen's University. During her studies, she worked and volunteered in the area of mental health and as a yoga teacher. When she is not studying and interning, Jaël works as a lawyer with adults who have been found incapable of making their own property and health decisions. She has participated in local and international projects looking to reform mental health law. Jaël has also worked as a lawyer for children. She looks forward to incorporating her background working with children and adults into her work with Riptide, and continuing to learn about modalities to connect with her clients, including Emotionally Focused Therapy.


Life is full of froth and bubble, 
Two things stand like stone:
Kindness in another's struggle,

Courage in your own.

Adam Lindsay Gordon

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