Meet nikolai pavlov

Nikolai Pavlov, Therapist in Training


I work with people who struggle with the consequences traumatic experiences, acute stress and variety of problems that come with immigration, like loss of status, social support, self and professional identity.  I help people learn how to deal with their inner critic and develop compassion to themselves and their struggles. My clients tell me that I am a safe and supportive therapist who helps them feel more secure and find contact with resources to live a full and meaningful life. 

I am a compassionate and collaborative therapist in training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto (GIT), a recognized training and educational program with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I maintain regular and confidential supervision with an advanced clinician (Registered Psychotherapist).

I have been working as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in my homeland Russia since 2009 with adults until my family landed in Canada in December 2017. Now, I am doing a bridging program with GIT to meet requirements for CRPO registration. I am trained in a variety of approaches including Gestalt-therapy, Somatic psychotherapy Hakomi, Compassion-focused therapy and specific trauma treatment trainings. Peer-reviewed trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Student member in Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy, Member of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and Compassionate Mind Foundation (UK).

Areas of expertise

Shame and Self-loathing

Anxiety and Depression

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Relational Gestalt Therapy

Immigration Stress

Complex Trauma

My work includes


Moscow Center for Contextual Behavioral Therapy

Consultant for a Study

Boston Medical Center

Past Member at Large

Ontario Association for Contextual Behavioural Science