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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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Category  |  Eating Disorders

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Category  |  Wellbeing

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

Challenging relationships in the present or past can cause our self-esteem to decrease. Especially if there has been a betrayal of trust.  If you have consistent self-defeating thoughts, boosting your self-esteem may seem like a huge mountain to climb. However, if you take a step back, you can see that low self-esteem is just a cycle of thoughts and breaking any part of that cycle can st... read more

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Category  |  Emotional Health

Most of us know the basics of effective stress management; we read about them, our doctors remind us of them, yet we struggle with making the required changes or maintaining them. I thought I would throw in a quick reminder of what those basics are: Eat healthy, well-balanced regular meals every 3 to 4 hours: Nutrition is an essential source of energy for effective stress management. ... read more

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Category  |  Wellbeing

Healers: What Can They Heal?

Posted on 02 Sep 2018

To heal is to be whole. It is our true nature to be whole and happy. The circumstance and conditions of our lives impact our personal psychology and affect how the various themes in life get filtered through our body, mind and spirit. The ripple effect of the filtering creates a lack of awareness about our innate wholeness. This distorts the relationship that we have with ourselves and also ... read more

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Category  |  Alternative Medicine

For many years there has been a raging debate between conservative medical researchers and the complementary medical world around vitamin supplementation. The argument presented by conservative medicine is that we obtain all the vitamins we need from a modern diet and we no longer see “deficiency diseases”, such as scurvy, to any great extent. The second component of the argument is that... read more

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Category  |  Health & Wellness

A great friend and Healer, Samer Ajami, who is an inspiration to many has generously given me permission to share her following work with you. Nonduality is the name that we give to the actual state of the world and everything in it. It is a word that points to wholeness despite the appearance of separation and diversity. It is all there is, and we are included. The world as we know it is d... read more

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Category  |  Wellbeing

Stress is a term we are all too familiar with and one which we bandy about quite often. This quarter my blogs will focus on coping with stress. Often when we think about coping, we think about specific strategies like talking to friends or going to the gym. Although this is not off the mark, coping encompasses more than just this list of strategies. Human beings often underestimate the active... read more

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Category  |  Mind & Body Health

3 Easy Steps For Perfect Skin

Posted on 22 Jul 2018

For many years and even before becoming a makeup artist, I’ve always looked after my skin. Our skin is our canvas and if we don’t look after it, this is when we start to see breakouts, bumps and our skin becoming dull. Cleansing your face is essential before applying any skin care in the morning and evening. Why? During the day and the night, excess oil, dirt, pollution and impurities c... read more

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Category  |  Beauty

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