Dr Slavova has extensive experience as a specialist psychiatrist practicing in both Europe and South Africa. She holds professional registrations with the Health Professional Council of South Africa, the Ministry of Health, Bulgaria, and the Royal College of Psychiatry, United Kingdom.
Her training and practice are in the traditions and spirit of the European schools of psychiatry, psychology and philosophy. Her basic medical degree is from the Medical Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, followed by two obtained specialities of psychiatry from Bulgaria and South Africa. Her clinical experience includes completing courses and visits at Liverpool University (United Kingdom), Medical School (Budapest, Hungary), Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany), the William James Foundation (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the Lundbeck Institute (Copenhagen, Denmark), as well as attending numerous symposia and congresses on different psychiatric topics.
Dr Slavova occupied academic positions at the Medical Academy, Sofia, and Medical School, Durban. She also participated in research for the World Health Organisation (WHO). She has extensive experience and has been in private practice for almost two decades.
Dr Slavova’s clinical interest lies in the area of affective disorders: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders and bipolar affective disorders. Her therapeutic approach is multifaceted - biological, psychotherapeutic, social and educational. Taking an existentialist approach, she recognises the ability of the individual to establish their own meaning of existence as a major factor in coping, recovering and preventing the recurrence of affective disorders.
Dr Slavova is particularly interested in two aspects of human functioning: (i) in the context of contemporary lifestyles, the impact of repressed feelings on emotional health and (ii) emotional and behavioural responses to difficult / changing life circumstances (including adjustment disorders and burnout).
Another focus of her work is age related mild cognitive impairment and psychiatry in old age in general.
Areas of interest and expertise:
- Depressive Disorders
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Bipolar Affective Disorder
- Adjustment Disorder
- Psychiatry of old age
- Psychiatry of the transitional periods of human life (adolescence , identity, family changes, retirement)
- Eating Disorders