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  • Lisa Van Der Merwe

    My name is Lisa Van Der Merwe and I am a psychotherapist in private practice serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and the surrounding communities. I have been a mental health clinician for 18 years, and specialize in depression, stress and anxiety, couples counseling, and teenagers.

    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 for pregnant women and to counsel children and teenagers in school systems. Later in my career I worked in managed care where I was in executive leadership roles at UnitedHealthcare and held management 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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  • Speaking Engagement – Johns Creek High

    On Monday, May 12th from 12 – 1 p.m. I will be at Johns Creek High School to speak with parents about how they can bring out the very best qualities in their teen. Please contact Rachel Kitchens-Cole, school social worker, if you need additional information.

    Perfectionism and Anxiety

    Secure, confident people are rarely perfectionists. They have no need to control everything around them, and they don’t make futile attempts to prove their value through unobtainable goals. Instead, they accept their humanness with humility and patience. “Perfect” people tend to be anxious people. They are secretly afraid that they aren’t good enough, and that [...]