DR. OTTILIA BROWN, PhD (South Africa)

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. 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 also have experience in delivering seminars and workshops on topics like grief, stress management and burnout and I am an accredited Mental Health First Aid instructor. I enjoy writing on a range of psychological topics including resilience, self-care, finding meaning, stress and burnout. I can provide therapy in English and Afrikaans.


  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Personality Disorder
  • Grief
  • Existential challenges such as finding meaning and purpose
  • Adjustment to life and developmental transitions such as divorce, career change, and life stage 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
  • Training
  • Clinical supervision
  • Research
  • Evidence-based practice guideline development



  • 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)
  • Honors in Psychology, University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa (cum laude)
  • B.A in Psychology, Sociology
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • Registered with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)