Shelley Akerman

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 2013 and have loved working with clients ever since. I have experience working with couples presenting with issues concerning relationship conflict, domestic violence, addiction, trauma, and grief.

I am a firm believer in therapy and, having my own therapist, I know having someone to talk to where you both 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 both to grow and strengthen your relationship. I love working with couples to come up with practical, creative solutions to improve communication and understanding between partners. I love helping couples realize their potential and that they are beyond capable of being their best selves together. I can't wait to work together to achieve your goals as a couple and have that happier, healthier relationship that you've been seeking!


  • 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

  • Phone

  • Video


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


Written by N.I. on Aug 14, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 7 months on issues concerning relationship

Shelley is absolutely amazing, she helps us through the hard, teaches us to appreciate the good, and always sees us for who we are.

Written by M.A. on Jun 07, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 5 months on issues concerning relationship

She is such an amazing therapist! She always knows what her clients needs whether it's a in-depth analysis of what is happening or an easy going motivational conversation. Kind, empathic, and funny. Couldn't recommend her more!

Written by B.R. on May 27, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 4 months on issues concerning relationship

She is so kind and incredibly empathetic, we have never made so much progress with other couples therapists!

Written by K.A. on Mar 10, 2021 after therapy with Shelley for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Shelley has been very proactive in getting a lot of information from us up front in order to make the most of our sessions. She is very easy to get in touch with and responds super quickly to messages. Shelley is very caring, understanding, and professional, and makes a balanced and pointed effort to ensure she is hearing both sides of what is shared. I'm looking forward to what can come out of our next sessions together and am hopeful that she can help be a catalyst for a lot of positive change in my relationship.

Written by B.L. on Dec 29, 2020 after therapy with Shelley for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

Shelley is outstanding. She goes above and beyond and makes sure everyone is heard. She is calm, pleasant and offers great activities and things to work on.

Written by S.T. on Oct 29, 2020 after therapy with Shelley for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

I am surprised by how I feel about the online counseling approach as it has been enlightening. Didn’t think it would be useful as in person but provided all parties are working it I think it is helpful and Shelley has been helpful. I think Shelley has been attentive and has listened appropriately, run it when she had to and offered good advice. I hope for great changes and a positive outcome in my relationship with my partner.