Lisa Van Der Merwe, LCSW- Licensed Psychotherapist
I have been a therapist for 21 years and have a private practice serving Alpharetta, Milton, 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 specialize in working with partners of narcissists and adults who were impacted by having a narcissistic and emotionally abusive parent.
In addition to counseling I provide life and executive coaching and conduct workshops and presentations for schools, businesses, and community organizations.
My career began at Johns Hopkins Hospital where I supported people effected 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 (OptumHealth) 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 both Intrinsic Coaching and Dr. Karyl McBride’s ‘Will I Ever Be Good Enough’ (WIEBGE) recovery program, 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.
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.