Nikolai Pavlov

Therapist in training (GIT)

College Nurse Diploma, BA in Psychology (Russia)

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 (CPRO). I maintain regular and confidential supervision with an advanced clinician.

CAPT Membership Number: 759

Issues I work with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Grief/Loss, Postpartum Depression, Trauma

My approaches

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


Certified Therapist in Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders (USA), Trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy peer-reviewed by Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (USA).

I'm working primarily in Gestalt therapy as a therapist in training at the GIT but I also have significant training in contextual cognitive-behavioural therapies like Acceptance and Commitment therapy and Compassion-Focused therapy.

I have been working as a psychotherapist in my homeland Russia since 2009 with adults until my family landed in Canada in December 2017. My basic education in nursing and an undergraduate degree in psychology were also received in Russia.

I started my career as a nurse and then decided to become a psychotherapist while I was recovering from my personal experience with severe depression.

I work with people who struggle with stress, anxiety and other emotional and situational difficulties. I believe that good therapy should be collaborative and developed for a particular client's needs through the integration of different types of therapy. Building personalized treatment I focus on your strengths and resources at the first place.

My therapeutic approach is compassionate, non-judgmental and client-centred. Based on the science of compassion, the ideas of healthy normality and beliefs in human potential to heal and live reach, full and meaningful life.

My goals and principals in therapy.

I believe that empowerment and growth through interpersonal connection and skill-building interventions are both important.

I aim to:
• Help you understand your patterns of thoughts and feelings about yourself and others.
• Find how significant relationships from the past and present shape your experience.
• Help to identify your values, how you want to live your life and find a way to perform this kind of life.

I believe that effective psychotherapy is based on the following principles:
• Emotional regulation is the key to well-being and depends on having satisfying relationships with others.
• Thinking strategies might be ineffective and lead to suffering.
• The history of relationship may have a significant impact on the development of Self, level of Self-criticism and Shame. Focus on these processes may reduce suffering and increase Self-support.
• The safe and supportive therapeutic relationship is a context for the healing process, exploration and development of Self.

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” Dalai Lama

Office Location

Suite 208 137 Roncesvalles Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6R2L2