Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions

Couples - Individuals - Corporates

Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions in Hermanus is fronted by a long-established life coach who has studied all aspects of psychotherapy. As a professional executive coach, relationship counsellor, and professional speaker, Mary Ovenstone uses years of experience to empower her clients. Specialising in relationship coaching and counselling, as well as individual counselling and hypnotherapy, Mary will help you target your challenges, and then work with you to conquer them. From couples therapy to workplace relationships, Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions has the key to unlocking the door to a better understanding of yourself and those around you. Mary’s passion for business comes to good effect, with various skills development services for entrepreneurs and SMEs. Furthermore, Mary is available to attend your event to deliver motivational talks and workshops. Mary provides one-on-one and online counselling sessions.

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Mary Ovenstone was born in West Hollywood, California. She moved to South Africa in the early 1970s and established herself in Cape Town. 

After returning to the States and Canada for a ten-year stint, Mary studied and trained extensively in psychotherapy. She achieved this alongside an outstanding executive career in corporate communications and television production. 
In 1999 Mary relocated back to sunny South Africa and opened her first business Brain Exchange Solutions. Her expertise resulted in her being on the coaching panel for Investec Bank and Asset Management, Old Mutual, and The City of Cape Town. The Office of the Premier of the Western Cape, Western Cape Department of Mobility, Western Cape Department of Infrastructure and Gauteng Provincial Legislature are just a few of her most notable clients. 

Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions was established when Mary settled in Hermanus and covers life coaching services for couples, individuals, retirees, corporates and teams.

Public speaking is her passion and Mary hosts talks and workshops for group, corporate and government audiences. She has been a guest on radio and TV shows and is frequently quoted and published in popular and business media. 

In her spare time, Mary is still pushing the boundaries of relationship studies and is writing a book on female leadership in the 21st-century workplace based on neuroscience.

  • MPhil in Management Coaching - University Stellenbosch Business School (2014)
  • CEO of Brain Exchange Solutions
  • Professional Executive Coach, Relationship Counsellor and Professional Speaker
Relationship Coaching & Counselling

Relationship Coaching & Counselling

Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions has assisted hundreds of couples in developing a greater understanding of themselves and of each other. 

From start to finish and the ups and downs in between, counselling will prepare you for long-term relationships, resolve stuck areas of conflict, recover from affairs, and navigate relationships through difficult life-stage transitions.

This service includes:

  • Couples Therapy
  • Marriage Preparation
  • Divorce Coaching 
  • Workplace Relationships
  • Sexuality Obstacles
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Individual Counselling & Hypnotherapy

Individual Counselling & Hypnotherapy

Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions provides deep therapy and healing work, including individual counselling and hypnotherapy.

Using extensive knowledge of the brain, clients embed their insights and create life-changing habits.

This service includes:

  • Short-Term Intensive Psychotherapy 
  • Ongoing Personal Development Work
  • Retirement Transitions 
  • Personal Adjustment (personal and professional)
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Entrepreneurs & SME Skills Development

Entrepreneurs & SME Skills Development

Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions has unsurpassed experience in the cooperated world and her success rate will help you develop management and leadership skills, and gain a better understanding of yourself and those around you.

General Public
  • Male and Female brains–incompatible or complementary? Finally understanding the opposite sex!
  • 21st Century Relationship Plan (Yours, Mine and Ours: A Model for Financial Management, Zoning: A Model for Work-Life Balance and Prep for Retirement)
  • Relationship skills (including communication skills, conflict resolutions, anger management skills, and sexuality)
Business Leaders & Teams
  • 21st Century Leadership Development
  • Male and Female Collaborative Decision-Making
  • Team Building
  • Emotional Processing Skills for the Workplace
  • Optimising Female Leadership in the Workplace
  • Gender and Cultural Diversity
  • Midlife in Business
  • Neuroplasticity: How to Make Changes That Stick
Lawyers & Legal Professionals
  • Optimising Female Legal professionals (including dealing effectively with the billable hour)
  • Understanding Clients of Both Sexes
  • Conflict in Litigation (how the client’s brain reacts)
Talks & Workshops

Talks & Workshops

Mary Ovenstone of Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions has given talks and run workshops internationally and is comfortable with audiences of all sizes.

Topics range from those to do with personal development to workplace issues and how to resolve them. The subject matter can be curated to suit your event.

Contact Mary for more information about her talks and workshops.

Online Coaching

Online Coaching

Mary Ovenstone & Associates @ Brain Exchange Solutions makes coaching sessions practical and whatever the reason or wherever you may find yourself on the planet, Mary is there for you online!

Online coaching sessions include:

  • Couples
  • Individual Coaching
  • Individual Management Coaching (entrepreneurs and SME owners)
  • Team Development
  • Life Stage Transitions (retirement)
  • Small Groups
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