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Dr Ottilia Brown

Dr. Ottilia Brown

Clinical Psychologist

There are few things as humbling and rewarding as being given access to a client’s experience and life journey. With this privilege comes an enormous responsibility to provide an integral space that facilitates exploration and growth and encourages a willingness to venture into difficult and uncomfortable places.

I primarily work with late adolescents and adults and I enjoy taking a holistic approach to treatment. For me the therapeutic journey is a collaborative one in which both client and therapist commit to the journey. I am eclectically trained and hence will tailor the therapeutic approach to the needs of the client. The basis of all I do in therapy is rooted in demonstrating genuineness, empathy, compassion, and upholding the highest standards of ethical practice. My goal is always that the client’s experience in therapy will pave the way for seeking psychological assistance in the future and engender trust and confidence in the profession.

I am a registered clinical psychologist since 2002 and have worked at in- and outpatient psychiatric facilities and psychology clinics; in academia as a lecturer, clinical and research supervisor and program coordinator; and in part-time private practice. In addition, prior to joining The LightHouse Arabia I was employed as a Principal Clinical Psychologist at a tertiary public hospital in South Africa where I managed the Clinical Psychology Department, consulted with patients from many walks of life presenting with mental health challenges and life-changing/life-threatening medical conditions, and conducted and published research. I therefore have extensive experience in the fields of clinical psychology and health psychology. I am able to provide therapy in English and Afrikaans.

Expertise

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • Existential challenges
  • Adjustment to life and developmental transitions
  • Adjustment to and living with chronic medical conditions
  • Living with life threatening illness
  • Adherence to and coping with psychiatric and medical treatment regimens
  • Lifestyle management for chronic diseases of lifestyle
  • Stress and coping for the busy professional with a specific interest in healthcare professionals
  • Clinical supervision
  • Research
  • Evidence-based practice guideline development

Tools

  • Person-Centered Principles
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic-Relational Approaches
  • Health Psychology Theories and Models

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
M.A in Clinical Psychology, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (cum laude)

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Dr Ottilia Brown

Dr. Ottilia Brown

Clinical Psychologist

There are few things as humbling and rewarding as being given access to a client’s experience and life journey. With this privilege comes an enormous responsibility to provide an integral space that facilitates exploration and growth and encourages a willingness to venture into difficult and uncomfortable places.

I primarily work with late adolescents and adults and I enjoy taking a holistic approach to treatment. For me the therapeutic journey is a collaborative one in which both client and therapist commit to the journey. I am eclectically trained and hence will tailor the therapeutic approach to the needs of the client. The basis of all I do in therapy is rooted in demonstrating genuineness, empathy, compassion, and upholding the highest standards of ethical practice. My goal is always that the client’s experience in therapy will pave the way for seeking psychological assistance in the future and engender trust and confidence in the profession.

I am a registered clinical psychologist since 2002 and have worked at in- and outpatient psychiatric facilities and psychology clinics; in academia as a lecturer, clinical and research supervisor and program coordinator; and in part-time private practice. In addition, prior to joining The LightHouse Arabia I was employed as a Principal Clinical Psychologist at a tertiary public hospital in South Africa where I managed the Clinical Psychology Department, consulted with patients from many walks of life presenting with mental health challenges and life-changing/life-threatening medical conditions, and conducted and published research. I therefore have extensive experience in the fields of clinical psychology and health psychology. I am able to provide therapy in English and Afrikaans.

Expertise

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Personality disorders
  • Existential challenges
  • Adjustment to life and developmental transitions
  • Adjustment to and living with chronic medical conditions
  • Living with life threatening illness
  • Adherence to and coping with psychiatric and medical treatment regimens
  • Lifestyle management for chronic diseases of lifestyle
  • Stress and coping for the busy professional with a specific interest in healthcare professionals
  • Clinical supervision
  • Research
  • Evidence-based practice guideline development

Tools

  • Person-Centered Principles
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic-Relational Approaches
  • Health Psychology Theories and Models

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
M.A in Clinical Psychology, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (cum laude)

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The Healing Powers Of Gratitude

Posted on 05 May 2019

‘Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life’ - Rumi A dear old friend and I met for dinner at a beautiful restaurant in Dubai. We found ourselves reflecting on how amazing it was that we could be there together and enjoy something so spectacular, especially given the life struggles we had both experienced. My being filled with an intense feeling of gratitude. ... read more

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

Managing Hunger & Diet

Posted on 05 May 2019

Common wisdom says that one should not go grocery shopping whilst hungry! From experience, this piece of hunger insight can be extrapolated to help you see body signals as an ally of productivity and health... Perhaps you have been on many weight loss diets or wellness plans. You might feel like you get hungry “too fast” or “too often;” you might think you lack willpower or see hunge... read more

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Category  |  Diet & Weight Management

Good morning lovely Enritschers! I feel so honored to be part of this incredible platform, and to have the opportunity to share my obsession with you all: To help people maximize their full potential, so that they can raise their standards and step into their personal leadership in every area of their life! So, the question I want to ask you today is: Are you in love with yourself? Yes, I ac... read more

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

My 4 Tips For Healthy Relationships

Posted on 07 Apr 2019

When you start dating someone that you could see yourself settling down with, the last thing you think could happen is that you’d be too busy with life for one another? The problem is that we are unable to see or understand what things could become until we have actually experienced it. We feel so in love and all about one another in the beginning that it’s hard to imagine life any other... read more

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

Perhaps you are driving to the office or taking the dog for a walk and out of the blue, a new thought comes into your mind. Whether it’s what to have for dinner, where to go on holiday or a long lost friend, where do your thoughts come from? Every single second of the day it’s estimated that you receive two million bits of information streaming in to your nervous system through your eyes... read more

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Category  |  Emotional Health

A Gift to You: Self-Forgiveness

Posted on 02 Mar 2019

‘Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself’ Rumi In my last blog I focused on the act of forgiving others. In my clinical practice and personal quest for integration, I am becoming more and more aware of the power of self-forgiveness. I have noticed that even when people can forgive others, it is self-forgiveness which often presents the stuck point. Self-forgiveness for the purposes of... read more

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

Are you the kind of person who would see a glass of water as half full or half empty? Do you experience life as a challenge to be endured or as an opportunity to grow? Let’s say you go to a party with a couple of friends. The next morning you call one of your friends who proceeds to tell you how awful it was; the music was terrible, the caterers got it all wrong and the people were dull. Y... read more

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

In tandem with physician approved medical treatment, yoga can be a wonderful way to boost your endocrine system and reduce allergic reactions.   The air you breathe One of my clients has been told by her doctor that the only way to alleviate her sinus symptoms is to move to a less dusty climate; desert environments are one of the worst places to live if you have dust allergies.... read more

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Category  |  Spiritual

Welcome to Pregnancy! This is the start of an Incredible journey, the beginning of Motherhood! This extraordinary and special journey can also be a time that we experience the hardest and most challenging moments of our lives. So much change emotional, mental and physical. Pregnancy, or should I say GROWING a human, is tiring enough, without additional daily commitments such as work, being ... read more

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Category  |  Pregnancy & Childbirth

Over the decades, stories of forgiveness have often been reported in the media, on reality TV shows, YouTube channels and movies. This topic receives so much attention because the act of forgiveness is commonly viewed as something that human beings struggle with. Being of South African origin, Nelson Mandela’s story of forgiveness after being imprisoned for 27 years has been an inspirationa... read more

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Category  |  Clinical Psychologist

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