Discover the Path to Personal Growth

Empowering Lives Through DBT and life skills Counselling

At Glenbrook Practice, we are dedicated to fostering self-awareness and personal development through comprehensive therapeutic programmes and workshops.

MEET: Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell, a seasoned life skills counsellor, entrepreneur, and business coach, founded Glenbrook Practice (Pty) Ltd in 2015. With over 20 years in the business sphere, Jonathan’s journey in therapy began after completing an RA course and joining Kenilworth Clinic Cape Town (now Akeso Clinic Kenilworth) full-time. During his three-year tenure, he specialised in family therapy, group therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), leading the DBT group and emphasising the importance of DBT skills in personal development. Jonathan holds a BA degree in Health Sciences and Social Services with a focus on Psychological Counseling and has furthered his expertise through Lifeline courses and volunteering.

Glenbrook Practice offers a variety of programs, including a 12-week DBT skills-based program for teens and tweens, an 8-week DBT skills-based program for adults, parent support groups, BPD support groups, and parenting dialectical workshops.

Coming soon are the Glenbrook Corporate DBT Skills & Strategy Workshops, tailored for business professionals.

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of Glenbrook Practice revolves around the principle of “Growth through awareness.” This principle underscores the significance of self-awareness and insight in fostering personal growth and development. Specifically, within the context of Glenbrook’s practice and clientele, this philosophy embraces the belief that individuals can achieve positive changes and progress by gaining a deeper understanding of themselves, their emotions, thoughts, and behaviours through acquiring new skills.

Our commitment to this philosophy ensures that every individual at Glenbrook Practice is equipped with the tools and skills necessary for meaningful personal growth and development. Join us on this journey towards greater self-awareness and a more fulfilling life.

Understanding Dialectical Thinking

The Essence of Dialectical Thinking

Dialectical thinking is a method of reasoning that involves considering opposing viewpoints and arriving at a synthesis or resolution of opposing ideas. It is based on the idea that truth is not absolute but emerges from dialogue and debate between opposing perspectives.

The term “dialectic” comes from the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, who used it to describe the method of Socrates, which involved asking questions to uncover the underlying assumptions and contradictions in a person’s beliefs. The philosopher Hegel later developed the concept of dialectical thinking further, describing a process of thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.
In practice, dialectical thinking involves identifying opposing ideas or perspectives, analysing their strengths and weaknesses, and synthesising them into a new understanding incorporating the best elements of both views.

Take the Next Step with Glenbrook Practice

Ready to embark on a journey towards better mental health and personal growth? Contact Joanna to find out about for personalised life skills counselling services, register for our transformative programmess, or enquire about our teen and tween 12 week Step-Upp Programmes.

Your and your families path to a more balanced and fulfilling life starts here.

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Joanna: +27-83-227-9771

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The fine print

DBT skills training neither replaces nor alters the key-working role of other professionals, Psychiatrists and Psychologists, currently seeing clients who are in DBT skills training. DBT skills makes a distinction between the roles of other providers as it is skills based and not psychotherapy. ©Glenbrook Practice (Pty)Ltd 2024