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Nikita (Nik) Kotlarov MAPS

Psychologist | ACT Psychotherapist | Coach

Nikita (Nik) Kotlarov

BBehSci, BA(Crim), BPsychSci(Hons)

Nik has experience working in different settings and provides a range of treatments, including high suicide risk as well as workplace issues. His approach is Client-centred and he uses the latest scientific advancements to tailor the best intervention to help Clients reduce pain and suffering and move to effectively pursue vital life.

Treatment Interests

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Trauma
  • Alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Impulse control and anger management
  • Bereavement, grief, and loss
  • First psychological aid
  • Schizophrenia/psychosis
  • Poor self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Motivation concerns
  • Weight management
  • Sleep and appetite disturbances
  • Coping with chronic pain / health concerns
  • Athlete/Executive performance enhancement/Ultimate performance
  • Social/relationship skills,
  • Work-life balance and career concerns
  • Many other concerns


  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Psychology Board of Australia (General registration)
  • Australian Psychological Society (MAPS) – www.psychology.org.au/your-psychologist
  • Medicare Australia (MBS and DVA provider)
  • Veteran and Veteran Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
  • EAP Provider (Drake, Gryphon, WorkPlus)
  • Beyond the Blue, QComp and WorkCover … and others
  • Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
  • Au NZ Chapter for Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ANZACT)
  • Brisbane Obesity Prevention and Treatment Network (MHPN OPATS)
  • Brisbane Psychologist Professional Network (BPPN)
  • Nikita (Nik) Kotlarov is an approved Brisbane MIND provider. Brisbane MIND is an Australian Government Department of Health Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS) program and is managed by Brisbane North PHN www.brisbanenorthphn.org.au/ . He also provides services under the ATAPS Suicide Prevention Program

Nik aims to work as part of a multidisciplinary team utilising a flexible, eclectic approach to psychotherapy

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

My introduction to the advanced CBT (Third Wave of Behaviourism, Contextual Behavioural Science [CBS]), ACT, and Mindfulness was on a personal level, learning strategies to manage others and enhance own performance. Many years later, studying Psychological Science in Griffith University, practical experience became connected with theory. My interest in the field continued to grow, and I was trained and attended multiple workshops/seminars:

  • PTSD and Couples work with Robyn Walser,
  • number of ACT workshops with Russ Harris,
  • Values work with Louise Hayes, ACT
  • Chronic Pain with Carl Graham,
  • ACT and Eating Disorders with Emily Sandoz,
  • ACT and CBS with Steven Hayes, Matt&Jennifer Villatte,
  • ACT and BPD with Jane Morton,
  • Sex and CBS with Curtin & Collis,
  • Compassion and CBS with Gilbert and Luoma,
  • CBS and Self Harm with Sandra Georgescu,
  • ACT and Addictions with Kelly Wilson,
  • ACT and Workplace with Rachel Collis,
  • ACT and Self Compassion with Luoma &Tirch,
  • and others.

“I’ve attended CBS conferences including ANZACT 2011 and 2014 in Brisbane, and the World Con 2013 in Sydney. ACT has continued to be a central theme in my life, helping me be more effective at dealing with personal and professional challenges.”

Professional Interests

  • Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Acceptance Commitment Training/Therapy (ACT),
  • Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT),
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT),
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT),
  • Gottman Method Therapy,
  • Positive Psychology,
  • Psychology of performance enhancement,
  • as well as other interests

Brisbane ACT Centre 

The Brisbane ACT Centre is Queensland’s centre of excellence in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Centrally based in Milton, we are a partnership of expert Brisbane psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists working to help our clients achieve their goals through ACT – modern CBT plus mindfulness skills.

Our team has deep and broad experience treating anxiety, depression, perinatal, adolescence, psychosis, indeed all psychological issues using an effective, solidly evidence based approach. We focus on learning what you really care about.

We help you take more purposeful life steps each day. Our counselling emphasises effective, valued action. The Brisbane ACT Centre has therapists available now. Get in touch today to start your journey to a more vital tomorrow.