Ellie Slavkova
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Oxford - Thurs (eve) & Saturday

Ellie is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working/consulting at Oxford virtually and face-to-face.

Ellie moved to Oxford in 2012 to take on a post as a Clinical Research Coordinator facilitating the development of a stroke-specific cognitive screen and investigating the links between cognition and motivation at The University of Oxford. Over the past three years, she has completed further specialist training, pursuing her passion for helping people through clinical work.

Ellie has a masters degree in Psychology and Psychological Practice from the University of Birmingham. During this time she gained experience volunteering at the university, supporting students and offering her skills at an early detection and intervention service for psychosis.

She has also completed her training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) at Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT with a specific focus on complex presentations. Ellie is experienced in working with clients with a range of anxiety disorders such as panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia, as well as depression, low self-esteem, perfectionism, sleep difficulties and anger. She is passionate about using empathy and evidence-based techniques to help clients overcome challenges and realise their goals.

Clinician Responsibilities of Ellie Slavkova

  • Excessive Worry/ GAD – Teens and Adults
  • Social Anxiety – Teens and Adults
  • Panic Attacks/Disorders – Teens and Adults
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Teens and Adults
  • Specific Phobias / Driving Phobias / Agoraphobia – Teens and Adults
  • Low Self-Esteems – Teens and Adults
  • Stress Management – Teens and Adults
  • Unhelpful habits (eg. Self Criticism, perfectionism, procrastination) – Teens and Adults
  • Anger Management – Teens and Adults
  • Eating Disorders (Anorexia) – Teens and Adults
  • Eating Disorders (Bulimia) – Teens and Adults
  • Over eating/Binge eating – Teens and Adults
  • Body Image difficulties – Teens and Adults
  • Depression / SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) – Teens and Adults
  • Sleep difficulties/insomnia – Teens and Adults
  • Addiction – Teens and Adults
  • Bereavement – Teens and Adults
  • Physical Health Conditions (Chronic Pain) – Teens and Adults
  • Long Covid, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) – Teens and Adults
  • Mindfulness – Teens and Adults

Qualifications of Ellie Slavkova

  • MSci Psychology and Psychological Practice, University of Birmingham
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Complex Presentations Pathway, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre

What Started Ellie Slavkova On The Path Of Becoming a CB Therapist

  • During her post as a Clinical Research Coordinator with The University of Oxford, Ellie worked at an Outpatient Memory Clinic conducting neuropsychological assessments contributing to a potential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. However, the majority of patients were found to have Subjective Cognitive Impairment, rather than a serious neurological condition, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. These memory lapses are often associated with long-standing depression and anxiety. It is this profound impact that depression and anxiety could have on a person’s life that led Ellie to become interested in CBT as the leading evidence-based approach to managing mental health difficulties.

Memberships of Ellie Slavkova

  • British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

Interesting Facts

  • Outside of mental health, Ellie is a keen snowboarder and enjoys arts and crafts, travelling and hiking during the warmer months.