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Jannie has been active in the private and public sectors as a Clinical Psychologist for over twenty years; specialising in treating patients suffering from chronic pain syndrome. He was the clinical lead of The INPUT Pain Management Unit, St Thomas' Hospital in London and The RealHealth Institute, London, and is now working fulltime in the private sector. He sees patients at The King Edward VII's Hospital in London. He also runs clinics at the Medical Centre, Goldman Sachs.
The main focus of Jannie's work is to apply evidence based practice (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Neuroscience) in the treatment of health difficulties and its impact upon the person's emotional wellbeing.
He completed a doctor's degree focusing on black urbanisation and social factors in the South African context and he also acted as facilitator in the reintegration of various armed formations into a unified SA Defence Force in the new democratic South Africa. He has published research articles, chapters and studies over the years, and continues to be engaged in such activities.
He has done work for The International Medical Corps (NGO) teaching doctors and other health professionals about chronic pain in Libya. He is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), The British Pain Society and The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Areas of interest
Chronic pain; Adjustment to chronic medical conditions; Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); Mindfulness-Based CBT.
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Pain management
- Beverley El-Holiby
Chronic Pain and CBT
English & Afrikaans
Williams, Amanda C de C and Van Der Merwe, Jannie: The psychological impact of torture. British Journal of Pain, 0(0) 1–6, © The British Pain Society 2013
Jacobs C, Van Der Merwe J, Jervis M. Delivering pain management seminars in Libya. Pain News11(1) 50–52 © The British Pain Society 2013
Foell J & Van Der Merwe, J. Editorial. Psychogenic fibromyalgia – dissection of a
culturally constructed model. International Musculoskeletal Medicine 2010 VOL. 32 NO. 3 101.
Van Hoof ML Van Der Merwe JD, O’Dowd J, Pavlov PW, Spruit M, De Kleuver M, Van Limbeek J: Daily functioning and self-management in patients with chronic low back pain after an intensice cognitive behavioural programme for pain management. Eur Spine J, 27 May 2010.
Van Der Merwe, J. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission: therapeutic implications. SIG on Pain Related to Torture, Organized Violence, and War: November 2010 e-Newsletter.
Van Der Merwe, J & Williams A. Clinical Pain Management, Practice and Procedures 2nd edition. Edited by Harald Breivik, William I Campbell, Michael K Nicholas. Chapter 3 (pp28-42): Selecting and applying pain measures. Hodder & Stoughton Limited 2008.
Williams, Amanda C., Amris Kirstine, and Van Der Merwe Johannes D., Pain in Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence, in Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain, edited by Jonathan O. Dostrovsky, Daniel B. Carr, and Martin Koltzenburg
Daniels, C & Van Der Merwe, J. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Neuropathic Pain: In Handbook of Clinical Neurology 3rd Series, 2006.
- BA Hons Clin Psych & MA Clin Psych University of Stellenbosch, SA 1995
- DipClinHyp; EMDR; DTh University College London; University of Bloemfontein, SA 1998
Affiliations / memberships
British Psychological Society (BPS), The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), The British Pain Society and The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
- King Edward VII's Hospital, Emanuel Kaye House...
- 09:00 - 17:00
- 07447 765546
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.