Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC

Licensed mental health counselor

Expertise

Birth control, Sexual health, Mental health counseling

Education

University of Florida in Gainesville, Capella University

Highlights

I believe that all individuals should have the right to manage their fertility and have access to accurate contraception information. I understand the personal issues surrounding birth control use. Being mentored through Planned Parenthood, I have had the amazing opportunity to experience people's real-life struggles and joys in the area of reproductive health. As a contraception advocate, I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices. I understand your concerns and am so fortunate to have real-life experience—seeing, firsthand, how contraception and reproductive health decisions affect all of our lives.

I also love educating others about mental health issues. Unfortunately, there is a stigma surrounding mental health. It is essential that we break through this stigma and start having real conversations about mental illness. I have years of experience providing psychotherapy and teaching about psychology. We all have the right to be happy and should have access to mental health services.

— Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC

Experience

Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC, is a former writer for Verywell Mind covering sexual health. She has over 15 years of counseling experience (both in person and online)—providing therapy on mental illness and sexual health issues, such as resolving guilt over birth control use to making informed reproductive choices. Dr. Stacey has helped individuals, couples, and families with mental health issues, relationship issues, sexual practices, family planning, and crisis management. She also taught college psychology courses at the University of Phoenix.

As a former Planned Parenthood employee, Dr. Stacey had the opportunity to provide counseling on adoption, prenatal care, abortion, and sex education. She also assisted clients in finding the right fit between their needs and their contraceptive method. Dr. Stacey participates in radio, television, internet, and print media interviews, provides lectures on mental health issues and birth control, and has held several contraception consultant positions.

Education

Dr. Stacey is a licensed mental health counselor and earned a PhD in psychology in 2016 from Capella University. At the University of Florida in Gainesville, she completed her Specialist in Education and Master of Education in mental health counseling, as well as her Bachelor of Science in psychology.

Verywell Mind Editorial Process

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Our writers are notable voices in their respective disciplines, including board-certified physicians, therapists, health journalists, and other mental health experts. These individuals are specifically selected for both their extensive knowledge and real-world experience, as well as their ability to communicate complex information in a clear, helpful, and unbiased way.

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