Shirley Ankrom-Smith


About Me

Welcome and Hello! My name is Shirley and I am a licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. I have 14 years of experience as an educator and school counselor in grade five through 12. I have 15 years of experience as a Professional Mental Health Therapist. I understand that it can be a challenging step to seek help. I am proud of you for reaching out to find some stability and/or guidance in resolving your issue or concern. As we work together, I hope to help you evaluate and resolve your doubts, fears, or concerns. I hope to empower you to have the strength to feel confident in voicing your desired expectations to me and to others in your life. We will utilize various tools to help build confidence and I will be your greatest advocate as you navigate your path towards renewed pride, courage, compassion, self-worth and/or setting boundaries. Do you want a change or peace? Please contact me!

I work with adolescents and adults. I work primarily with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Reality Therapy Modalities. Individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy are available. I am here to help you work on Behavioral Issues, Career Counseling, Adolescent, Chronic Pain, Codependency, Coping Skills, Depression/Stress/Anxiety, Grief, Parenting, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Self-Harm, Trauma Issues, and Women's Issues.

I genuinely understand the many challenges of life. It is hard sometimes, but no one should have to navigate life alone, depressed, or mentally compromised due to feeling lost or detached from one’s self and the ones we call our friends and family. "I don't feel like myself" is a common statement I hear. There are tools to use to redirect feelings/thoughts. Please contact me if you would like to talk. I am here to help!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Family conflicts
  • Grief
  • Parenting issues
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LPC #2005003223 (Expires: 2023-06-30)


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Shirley Ankrom-Smith. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written by Y.U. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is simply awesome!

Written by R.O. on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, and anger management

She’s very acknowledge to my concerns of my feelings very active in making suggestions to better myself

Written by J.A. on Aug 12, 2021 after therapy with Shirley for 9 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Thank you for all you have done! Your help is greatly appreciated!

Written by M.I. on Sep 02, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and grief

I love her. She’s so easy to talk to, attentive, very quick to respond, and cares. Her ability to ask questions in a way that it’s just a conversation has helped me learn so much about myself. If I lived closer to her office, I would absolutely do in person visits. She’s very understanding, judgement free, and kind.

Written by M.E. on Aug 04, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, compassion fatigue, and adhd

She’s wonderful, very attentive and active in the situations I open up to her about. She also allows me to make my progress with a gentle nudge in the right direction but doesn’t tell me exactly what to do, letting me figure out the way that works best for me without needing to rely on someone to spoon feed me the answers. Really helping me to grow within myself and giving me the strength to make the right changes in my life.

Written by L.A. on Jun 25, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, coaching, and adhd

I very much appreciate Shirley’s observations and suggestions. She listens and helps me identify and work through my struggles.

Written by M.I. on Jun 22, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, coaching, and adhd

She is a perfect go-to person for people that want to work on developing long-term solutions. It's nice to not be judged and to feel like you have a teammate at your side.

Written by M.A. on Jun 17, 2020 after therapy with Shirley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Love her!

Work with me!