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  • Lisa Van Der Merwe

    I have been a licensed therapist for 18 years and have a private practice serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and the surrounding communities. My specialty is helping adults and teenagers who are struggling with depression, stress and anxiety, and relationship problems.

    I also work with adult children trying to overcome the negative effects of having a narcissistic parent and I have certification in Dr. McBride’s ‘Will I Ever Be Good Enough’ (WIEBGE) recovery program.

    In addition to providing counseling I conduct workshops and presentations for schools, businesses, and community organizations.

    My career began at Johns Hopkins Hospital where I supported people impacted by medical trauma, substance abuse, and psychiatric issues. I then went on to supervise an addiction treatment program and to counsel children and teenagers in school systems. Later in my career I worked in managed care where I served as Regional Vice President of Clinical Operations at UnitedHealthcare and held management and program development positions at Cigna.

    I received a Master of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. I am licensed in the State of Georgia as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), hold certification in Intrinsic Coaching, and am a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

    On a more personal note, I am married and have two children.

    I feel honored that my clients have entrusted me to support and guide them, and I never fail to be inspired by what I see them achieve. Please let me know how I can assist you.

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    The WIEBGE acronym stands for Will I Ever Be Good Enough? and signifies certification in Dr. Karyl McBride’s five-step recovery model for treating adult children of narcissistic parents.


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  • Speaking Engagement – Johns Creek High

    I will be at Johns Creek High School on February 11th from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to speak with parents about: How to remove the…

    Do You Have A Narcissistic Parent?

    Narcissistic parents have great difficulty adequately loving their children. They are self-absorbed, critical, lack genuine empathy, and often feel threatened by or jealous of their…