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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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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

How To Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet!

Posted on 09 Jan 2019

Do you greet the start of each year with joy or are you filled with stress and angst when you think of what needs to be done in the 12-months ahead? While technology has gifted us with the opportunity to communicate with others all over the globe easily, you may not be aware that your words, your emotions and your very presence are communicating to others more loudly than you think.  A... read more

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Category  |  Happiness & Health Coach

What you can do to help a loved one to overcome their eating disorder. Barbara and her husband Dan came to me seeking help with their marriage. We commenced our work on clearing resentment and actions to bring them closer together. Although they told me that a key problem for them was communication, I discovered that what they were really lacking in, was the time to communicate and connect. ... read more

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Category  |  Eating Disorders

How often have you sat in traffic willing the car in front of you to go faster as you nervously glance at the time on your dashboard? Or found yourself counting the number of people in the queue and changing from one queue to the next as you aim to join the fastest queue? Have you found yourself using phrases like: ‘I am so disorganised’ or ‘I need 25 hours in a day’? We are a... read more

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Category  |  Wellbeing

Back in the 17th century, Sir Isaac Newton put forth a variety of laws that explain why objects move (or don't move) as they do. These three laws have become known as Newton's three laws of motion. If you are not aware of these laws, then allow me to introduce you to Newton’s first law of motion, sometimes referred to as the Law of Inertia. Simply put, this means that an object or body at ... read more

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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

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