dr nico

van der merwe


Denmar Psychiatric Hospital 



Dr van der merwe

Dr Nico van der Merwe is a specialist psychiatrist in Pretoria.  His practice is based at Denmar Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr van der Merwe provides individualised care that isn't only limited to medication but also addresses a patient's psychological, social and spiritual struggles.   

He aims to establish an enduring, trusting, therapeutic relationship with his patients.  A collaborative approach is taken during the decision-making and treatment process.


Dr van der Merwe was awarded his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with distinction at the University of Pretoria.  The College of Psychiatrists of South Africa also awarded him the Novartis medal in 2019.  His qualifications are as follows:

  • MBChB (UP) (cum laude)

  • DMH (SA)

  • MMed Psych (UP) (cum laude)

  • FC Psych (SA)

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Dr van der Merwe delivers both inpatient and outpatient treatment of mental illness.  Inpatient care is provided at Denmar Psychiatric Hospital. Holistic care is provided via a multidisciplinary team-based approach. The team may consist of a psychologist, occupational therapist, social worker, dietitian and physiotherapist. 

He treats all psychiatric conditions, with a special interest in the following:

  • Depression

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Anxiety

  • OCD

  • PTSD

  • Burnout

  • Dementia


Frequently asked questions


What happens during the 1st appointment?

  • The 1st consultation will be approximately 90 minutes long.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for the appointment to complete the necessary documentation.
  • Your presenting complaint will be explored and a thorough medical and psychiatric history taken.
  • A physical examination is also done to exclude any physical problems that could be contributing to your mental state.
  • The diagnosis (if any) will be explained and a treatment plan discussed.

What should you bring along?

  • ID and medical aid card for administrative purposes.
  • Results of previous special investigations (if available):
    • Blood tests
    • CT/MRI Brain
    • EEG
    • Sleep studies
  • List of current/previous medication.

From what age does Dr van der Merwe see patients?

  • He only sees patients 18 years and older.

What is the cancellation policy?

  • Appointments should be cancelled a minimum of 24 hours before the scheduled time, otherwise, you may be held liable for the cost of the appointment. Your medical aid will not cover this cost.

Does the practice charge medical aid rates?

  • The practice charges medical aid rates.
  • Claims are submitted to the medical aid on behalf of the patient.
  • Please contact us for the private fee if you don't have a medical aid.
  • A card machine is available at the practice.
  • Unfortunately, we don't accept cash or cheques.

What languages are Dr van der Merwe fluent in?

  • English and Afrikaans.

Contact us

012 004 1429

Denmar Hospital

507 Lancelot Road