Meet your Facilitators

Jonathan Mitchell

Programme Director, Counsellor and DBT skills trainer

Glenbrook Practice was established by Jonathan in 2025 following his three-year full time tenure at a clinic where he honed his expertise in family therapy, group therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Jonathan also played an instrumental role in managing and running the DBT group. During this time, he realised the importance of DBT skills and recognised their value as crucial life skills in helping people.

After this incredible experience, he then went on to attain a BA degree in HEALTH SCIENCES and SOCIAL SERVICES in psychological counselling. Jonathan also attended Lifeline courses, a personal growth course, and a counselling skills course at Lifeline and had the privilege to volunteer for Lifeline for one year.

Glenbrook Practice’s core focus lies in providing DBT skills training for adolescents, adults, and individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Additionally, Jonathan co-facilitates the Parent Support Group, the BPD support group, and three DBT outpatient skills programs.

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. Essentially, the practice’s philosophy reflects a commitment to empowering individuals with the tools and knowledge necessary for self-improvement and growth.

| BA (HSS) (Psych) (UNISA)

Joanna Mitchell

Programme Director

Joanna is the Step-Upp® boss and is in charge of all things admin with Step-Upp®.
Should you have any questions please email Joanna or call her on +27 83 227 9771

Laeni Gittins

DBT Facilitator – Tweens & Teens 

Laeni has always had a passion for children and their well being. A strong believer in open communication, when dealing with both adults and children, she believes when the basics are impaired, it usually leads to misinterpretation and misunderstanding.

Laeni regards The Step-Upp® Tweens programme as instrumental in equipping children with essential tools to deal with conflict and change, early in life so they grow up to be resilient, happy and successful adults.

Being a mother herself, Laeni understands the importance of skills-based training for children; particularly when faced with the ever changing environment in which they are growing up, such as new technology and social media.

She is confident that the skills children gain through the programme will be invaluable to successfully navigating life’s challenges.

Diploma in DBT – Centre of Excellence | Oxford diploma in art therapy


DBT Facilitator – Teens

Christiane obtained her Bachelor of arts Honours in Psychology degree, with distinction, from Varsity College. Her Counselling journey began at The Family Counselling Centre, when she joined the counselling apprenticeship program; this program created a bridge, connecting the theory taught in university with the real world. On the completion of this apprenticeship, Christiane joined The Family Counselling Centre team as a practicing counsellor in 2021. It was here that she found her passion to encourage the development of personal insight for her clients, and to provide them with the tools necessary to assist them on their journey.

This passion to encourage the development of personal insight for her clients has inspired Christiane to utilise holistic approaches towards her clients’ unique needs and has in turn, inspired her to enrol in many courses and training programs in her search to provide unique and client tailored approaches in her work as a mental health care practitioner

The knowledge, skills and experiences Christiane has gained during her psychological studies and ventures has shaped and enabled her to view the world differently, to utilise her strengths in innovative and creative ways, and has provided her with the power of understanding and an empathy for adversity.

Christiane truly feels that she has been called to this field due to the experiences she has had and her desire to help others.

Tertius Scheepers

DBT Facilitator – Teens

Tertius was born and raised in town of Springbok in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape, after which he moved to Cape Town to pursue his career and spent a decade in the Arts. While studying Tertius spent a lot of time interning at a Community Radio station where he was exposed to the communities and all the battles faced within them. Through the medium of music he found that what he most enjoyed about it, is the connection it nurtures between people. This eventually led to a passion for the helping arts. To further his dream, Tertius proceeded to Graduate with Distinction his BA in Psychological Counselling, taking special interest in Counselling for youth and how they can benefit from preventative care.

Being a people person, working in the arts and more specifically the entertainment industry has given Tertius a broad understanding of people from all walks of life that practise different forms of expression and communication. With an ever-growing interest in the human mind and its individuality Tertius seeks to expand his knowledge base at every given opportunity and learn all the comprehensive skills that a counsellor would need to practise the helping arts. In his off time, Tertius is an avid musician, photographer and writer, that likes to explore nature – passionate about everything that he is interested in.
BA (Psych)(UNISA)

Jess Mary Graham

DBT Facilitator – Teens

Jess was born and raised in Cape Town. Attending Kirstenhof Primary School, and then completing high school at Springfield in 2015. She had also trained under Kimura Shukokai Karate for 10 years, achieving bronze medal on the world stage and received her Black Belt. After a gap year of personal development, she decided to attend The South African College of Applied Psychology and attained a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, majoring in Counselling Psychology. She completed this degree with distinctions in her Work Integrated Learning modules.

Jess approaches counselling with an eclectic and holistic veiw of human nature and growth, with the idea that each person and system is inherently capable of change/healing- requiring the space and unconditional acceptance to discover the best inside them. She incorporates ideology from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, DBT, and Eastern philosophies & healing.

She has specific interests in working with tweens and teenagers dealing with: emotional dysregulation, risky behaviour, distress intolerance, gender identity, and sexuality.
Jess’ interests and hobbies include: Spending time with animals, nature walks, meditation, skating, hiking, music, and Taoism.

Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Major in Counselling & Psychology


DBT Facilitator – Tweens Pinelands

With a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching and a Bachelor of Honours in Inclusive Education, Kerryn’s journey in education has been deeply rooted in the belief that teaching is not just a profession, but a calling passed down through generations of educators in her family.

Her dedication to fostering inclusive learning environments stems from my diverse experiences, including her role as a homeschool teacher/facilitator for a neurodivergent child. Through this experience, she has learned first-hand the transformative power of personalised, play-based learning approaches in nurturing each child’s unique potential.

Collaborating with the GROW Educare team in curriculum development further enriched her understanding of early childhood education, allowing Kerryn to integrate innovative teaching practices that cater to the holistic development of every child. With SACE registration and a background in online English language teaching for children, she is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and enriching educational experience for all young learners

Beyond the classroom, Kerryn find joy in the simple pleasures of life, whether it’s immersing herself in a good book, creating beautiful crochet pieces, enjoying outdoor adventures with her canine companion, or diving into the refreshing waters of tidal pools.  Kerryn runs the Sunrise Centre playschool. You can view her website here.

Liezl Kruger

DBT Facilitator – Tweens Somerset West

Liezl is both a teacher (ADHD facilitator) and kinderkineticist (a paediatric movement development specialist). She generates holistic and remedial exercise programs which aim to stimulate, remedy and promote specific gross motor skills and physical development.
Liezl also links academic struggles to movement developmental delays or atypical movement patterns. With her psychology degree, she develops movement programmes to assist with emotional self-regulation with regards to frustration, anger etc. All of her programs are play-based in nature. I aim to guide kiddies towards fun-filled activities and experiences which would naturally help them learn and grow!  Liezl runs Nuture Lively Kids. Your can view her website here

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