More about me

I am Estelle Brettenny, a passionate occupational therapist (B.OT. M.OT. PDME) with more than 40 years of clinical experience. I have been specializing in metacognitive therapeutic intervention and learning health for Generation Z learners (older primary school learners, high school learners and tertiary education students) since 1998. I practice as an occupational therapist in Durbanville and offer my services to individuals and groups who are eager to achieve their full potential by improving their thinking and learning abilities.

I am a certified trainer in the Cognitive Enrichment Advantage (CEA) (since 1997) and Thinking Maps (since 2011) and have completed numerous courses about the development of thinking and learning. For more than twenty years, I have also been conducting extensive cognitive education training (the development of metacognition, thinking and learning) of educators and professionals in various provinces of South Africa.  I was part of the Board of the International Association for Cognitive Education (IACESA) for two decades (as President from 2013-2015), am a founding member of Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA) and an Honorary Member of the Institute for the Advancement of Cognitive Education (IACE).

Due to personal health issues, I developed a keen interest in functional medicine in 2015 and incorporate my growing knowledge and understanding of this field into my work.

I am a registered occupational therapist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and a member of The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA).

In my free time I love walking to destress and ‘meditate’.  I also make time to research, read or listen to information about spiritual growth, self-development, health, functional medicine, thinking and learning, every day.

“Community and not medicine
creates health.”

– James Maskell


To use my God-given talents and experience to inspire and empower learners, parents, educators, professional practitioners and leaders of all generations with REAL Thinking and Learning to BE MORE, and in so doing to help others to become more and to live according to their purpose.


Learning and gaining knowledge and wisdom daily from The Bible, bestselling authors, thought leaders, researchers, top leadership experts and game-changers in the world;
Becoming more in all dimensions/categories of my life;
Developing and providing individual and group intervention (for children and adults), as well as educational opportunities for all generations, to become more (in one or more dimensions of their lives);
Supporting individuals to make choices and develop habits for intelligent living;
Collaborating with like-minded practitioners and organizations; and
Building communities of support for people that are ready to change.


Knowledge and wisdom 

  • To continuously seek knowledge and Godly wisdom to apply in my personal and professional life.

Dedication and hard work 

  • To do everything I do, in my personal and professional life, with full dedication, passion and perseverance until the ‘job is done’.

Optimism, faith and hope

  • To always believe the best of everyone; to never ever give up in my personal or professional life and to advocate that the basis for our future hope is the promises of God.

Growth and self-actualization

  • To ensure that I never stop growing in my personal or professional capacity and to inspire others to grow one step at a time towards the actualization of their potential.

Sharing and community

  • To make a deliberate effort to share the best information/resources that I possess to help my clients as well as the wider community.


  • To be real, authentic and truthful and to provide Realistic, Effective, Achievable and Long-Lasting/Lifelong services and education.

Let's Get Started

    Contact Info

    Estelle Brettenny

    For Intervention, assessment or training


    082 430 7956


    1 A Stepping Stone Street,


    “…giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”

    – 2 Peter 1: 5-7

    To make an appointment with me, a registered occupational therapist in Durbanville, you are welcome to get in touch, or you can book online.