Shelley Akerman

(LPC)
Therapist Shelley Akerman Photo

About Me

I am a professional counselor licensed in Georgia with 8 years of experience working as a therapist in both outpatient and hospital settings. I graduated with my Master's degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA in 2013 and have loved helping clients reach their goals ever since. I have worked with clients that range in ages from 4 years old to 92 years old of multiple ethnic and racial backgrounds, cultures, political affiliations , genders and sexuality, and spiritual beliefs dealing with a variety of concerns. I have experience working with clients presenting with issues concerning depression, grief, self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, abuse, relationship conflict, psychosis, self-harm, domestic violence, and addiction.

I am a firm believer in therapy and, having my own therapist, I know having someone to talk to where you feel comfortable, supported, respected, and accepted is so crucial. My counseling style is down-to-earth, laid back, and friendly. We all have our struggles and I am here to walk through it with you. I love working with my clients to come up with practical, creative solutions to the issues that brought them to therapy. I love helping people realize their potential and that they are beyond capable of being their best selves. I can't wait to work together to achieve your goals and become that happier, healthier, best version of yourself!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Body Image , Cancer , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 8

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #LPC011117 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Dec 04, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

She listens to me, validates my concerns and helps me see things in a different light as needed.
I feel supported, and more stable in my everyday life, as I get more confident in my ability to see through my cognitive distortion.

Written by .B. on Nov 25, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

Shelley was my therapist last year through a different company. I connected instantly with her and she helped me through the most difficult time of my life. She moved on to BetterHelp and I later joined to have her again as my therapist. Not only does she fully listen, she doesn’t judge but makes me feel as if I can tell her anything. And I do. Big and small things. The connection I have made with her is one of trust and openness. I would recommend her to anyone ready to seek help or become more healthy.

Written by C.H. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning self esteem, and relationship issues

Shelley has been amazing. She is a great listener and has helped me see the issues I'm facing in a way that I would not have been able to on my own. As a result, I'm very confident I will be able to move forward and improve as a person

Written by A.N. on Nov 03, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I don't know where to shart. Shelley is absolutely incredible and so kind hearted. She's a very good Christian person and just has so much compassion and guidance. I started out struggling with anxiety and depression and she guided me, giving me the tools, resources as support to help me deal with these things. I really adore Shelley and i encourage you all to choose her as your therapist.

Sincerely:
Angie

Written by K.A. on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue

Shelley is my most trusted confidant, and that's saying a lot! She makes me feel completely comfortable, confident, and even excited to have therapy sessions. I always feel like she goes above and beyond when she's working with me, and I consider myself lucky to have a therapist as compassionate, funny, and down to earth as her. My experience with her has inspired me to recommend BetterHelp to all of my close friends and family who have expressed interest in starting therapy.

Written by T.H. on Oct 10, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 8 months on issues concerning family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

She is fantastic! Best therapist I've ever had in my life. Changing my life.

Written by K.R. on Sep 29, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

Shelley has a wealth of experience that she leans on, on top of her knowledge and wells of compassion. Because of this, she is a delight to speak with, personable, takes the time to actually listen to everything even if it can turn into a rant. And then after all the ranting? She cuts through to the heart of the matter and then teaches the tools and methods of overcoming what was once crippling anxiety and combing through traumas that I didn’t even realize were overarching patterns that were not to my benefit. With her guidance, she teaches me to be gentle with myself, and I think most importantly, how to navigate the highs and lows of life to keep growing while also learning to believe in myself.

Written by A.N. on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts

Shelly Akerman is amazing, supporting, and caring. She listens and communicates well. I am only a few sessions in but can already tell my sessions will be very life-changing.

Written by A.M. on Jul 25, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and compassion fatigue

Shelly is an incredible therapist! I would highly recommend working with her. She is highly compassionate and always very validating. She’s a great listener. She always helped me to feel better, and to feel seen and heard. She regularly messaged me to check in on how I was doing in between sessions, especially if she knew I was having an extra hard time. She is an experienced and skilled therapist, yet also manages to feel down to earth and relatable. She’s friendly and enthusiastic and I always enjoyed and appreciated our sessions. She is timely both for sessions and how quickly she would reply to my messages. She has really helped me through a difficult year, and I’ve been able to make important life changes due to her support. I am very grateful for Shelley and the effort she puts into being a therapist!

Written by Y.V. on Jul 08, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

From the moment I started communicating with Shelley, I knew she was the right fit for me. She has the same mindset as me. She is professional and kind and so helpful to me. I am truly grateful for Shelley and Better Help for making it simple and easy to get the right help that was especially picked for my needs.
Thanks for all that you do Shelley! Love ya Girl

Written by T.I. on Jun 21, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

While Shelley is my therapist I really see her as a friend, as well, she manages to help me talk through my issues even if I end up going on a rant about something completely unrelated.
It is really nice just having someone to sit down and talk to about my life and the things I am thinking, this allows me to get some perspective on things.

I would highly recommend Better Help and Shelley to anyone who wasn't sure if therapy was for them.

Written by B.R. on May 04, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Shelly is so easy to talk to and addresses all my concerns and needs therapeutically. It's like talking to a friend really! She's very open minded and has taught me ways to handle my SEVERE anxiety that nothing can put a dent in aside from occasional zannex. She has been so helpful and understanding and I don't feel judged at all like I have with other counselors. She's amazing I couldn't recommend her more. She is funny and sweet and has made a huge difference in my life.

Written by B.A. on Mar 10, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She is a great person in general. Very nice, helpful, thoughtful, and experienced councilor. I felt much better after having her as a councilor. She listens to me and helps me to listen to myself and my thoughts and feelings. I'll continue with Better help because of her.

Written by E.V. on Mar 01, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, and coping with life changes

Shelley is an extremely sweet and nice person! She is very emphatic and considerate. Listens to your problems and helps to find a way to deal with it that works the best for every individual.

Written by S.H. on Feb 06, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Shelley is a source of light and motivation in this journey. She truly listens to you , checks in if her analysis rings true to you and works with what you can handle . I completely believe her help and guidance will bring me closer to mental clarity !

Written by F.A. on Jan 25, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

I love her. She listens and makes me feel better.

Written by C.A. on Jan 19, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd

Shelley Ackerman Is very compassionate listens,understands, wants better for me and goes beyond Shelley is so wonderful and awesome thank you so much

Written by E.M. on Nov 18, 2020 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Shelley is a wonderful and empathetic counselor. We work really well together so far and I'm very happy with the services I receive from them.