Welcome to Estelle Brettenny

A registered occupational therapist in Durbanville

Registered Occupational Therapist

I am Estelle Brettenny, a registered occupational therapist in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs. I am extremely blessed that I have been able to dedicate 40 years of my professional life to empower and support individuals on their journey to develop and grow to their full potential.

I am best known for my experience and work with primary school learners (from Grade 5), high school learners (Generation Z) and adult learners (Generation Y/Millennials), as well as the training of educators and professionals to fully develop metacognition, thinking and learning skills in their classes or therapy sessions. I am a devoted life-long learner and persistently strive to develop myself to BECOME MORE so that I can support and help my clients to BE MORE.

As I found that there is a real need for individuals of all ages to adapt their thinking and learning processes to keep up in this ever-changing world (as well as to become more focussed on creating health and preventing chronic disease), I am in the process of expanding my services to incorporate a more Functional Medicine Approach and to offer BE MORE Groups for learners, parents, teachers and professionals of all generations. My focus is on:  REAL Thinking and Learning to BE MORE ©.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Metacognition refers to being aware of and understanding one’s own thinking processes and also to think about one’s own thinking. Becoming aware of your own thinking process can help you to maximize your own potential to learning while also acquiring improved thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Throughout my career, I have become aware that a growing number of individuals lack the skills to cope with today’s ever-increasing academic demands. This is not only applicable to learners in primary schools; many learners never truly learn how to think or learn effectively and this could hamper one’s progress later in life as well – be it in high school, university, or even at work.

My focus therefore lies in working with individuals and groups to guide, support and empower them on their journey to achieving their full academic potential by focusing on their executive functions and teaching them how to think and learn efficiently.

My services are best suited for:

  • Learners (Grade 5 – 12) and adult learners
  • Learners that are performing well in school, but strive to develop their thinking, learning and coping skills
  • Learners without any diagnosed learning problem, but they are not coping academically
  • Learners diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or other learning difficulties
  • Learners who struggle to adapt their thinking, skills and strategies to function optimally in their academic life
  • Learners who lack metacognitive skills and struggle with cognitive processes and executive functions. This may include organising, prioritising, setting goals, time-management, etc.
  • Learners with a combination of the above learning challenges

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Contact Info

Estelle Brettenny

For Intervention, assessment or training


082 430 7956


1 A Stepping Stone Street,


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

– Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Speech

My metacognitive therapeutic approach is adapted to best meet your learning requirements. To talk to a registered occupational therapist in Cape Town about you or your child’s learning difficulties or requirements, do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email.
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