Director/Owner, Nikki Goldman Stroh is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience providing Art and Play Therapy to diverse children and youth aged 3-19. As well as adults dealing with anxiety and depression. Nikki began her training at Fanshawe College where she completed a diploma in photography. Later she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Western Ontario, and then a post-graduate diploma in Art therapy from the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Over the years Nikki has taken additional training in psychology, counseling techniques and play therapy at the George Brown College and the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health (formally Hincks-Delcrest). Nikki is a strong believer in using mindfulness and meditation with her clients. She has specialty training in CBT, counseling skills and both Art and Play Therapy. In a creative and caring environment, she helps people explore difficult issues and develop skills to stay calm while growing their self-esteem and positive regard. Nikki has assisted people of all ages to work through transitions, anxiety, depression, OCD, selective mutism, divorce, adoption and socialization issues. Being creative is both professionally and personally relevant to Nikki.
Nikki has spent the last twenty years facilitating community-based art programs at various schools, community centres, libraries and private homes across the GTA. In addition, she facilitated play therapy groups at The Neighbourhood Offices for 10 years and is now working at York Region Healing Arts, Heath Haven and The Runner’s Academy doing individual counseling for children/adolescents and adults.
Nikki has taken several courses in baking and cake decorating through the Wilton certification program. She has been featured in several magazines and conducted numerous talks on the importance of creativity in enhancing holistic well-being.
Manager/Owner, Mike Stroh is a passionate mental health advocate, speaker and educator. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Concordia and is completing his Masters in Counseling Psychology. Mike is the founder of Starts with Me a multifaceted social enterprise aimed at making a difference in the lives of children and youth living with mental health and substance use issues. Mike is an experienced public speaker and facilitator, having provided numerous interactive presentations and workshops to diverse audiences in the community and in the private sector. He has several years of experience in planning family-friendly events and presentations. Mike has completed intensive coursework in mindfulness meditation and deep breathing which he incorporates into his work at Seasons. Mike credits becoming a father with his desire to support the growth and development of children and youth.
Program Director, Ayan Abdi has been working at Seasons since May of 2019. Ayan is the lead program director for our Tiny Tot Program. She comes to Seasons with 4 years of teaching experience and she enjoys every aspect of working with children. She has also completed her training for CPR and First Aid. From her years of teaching, she has come to realize: “that children teach us as much we teach them. Children have a natural wonder and curiosity when it comes to everyday life that is so refreshing and I cherish the moments I get to spend sharing those experiences with them”.