Stacey Brown, MA, LMHC, NCC
Stacey Brown is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with almost 20 years of experience providing assessment and counseling services specializing in individual, couples and family counseling. She opened her private practice in Fort Myers, Florida in 1999. Stacey specializes in ADHD, anxiety/stress, depression, child and adolescent development, parenting, divorce and changing families, trauma, relationship issues, anger management, life transitions, grief and loss, and women's issues.
Stacey Brown is a practical, interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternatives approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adlerian Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Developmental Psychology, Yoga philosophy, Meditation and Mindfulness practice and general wellness strategies. Her passion for creativity, artwork and journaling is interwoven with her counseling techniques and through self growth and independent workshops online. With sensitivity and compassion, humor and perspective, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals. Stacey has published, taught and presented on a variety of topics ranging from parenting, wellness, educational accommodations, teacher training, behavior management and mental health topics.
Stacey Brown holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Development from Auburn University and a Master of Arts Degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida. She has had extensive postgraduate training in childhood behavioral, emotional and academic problems, mental health, domestic violence, women’s issues, and substance abuse.
Professional development and continuing education are important elements of Stacey's career. She has numerous hours of post-graduate training in the field of counseling theory, clinical assessment and techniques. She's had the honor of being a student of some extraordinary, renowned professionals in the field such as Albert Ellis, William Glasser, Claudia Black, David Burns, Michelle Weiner Davis, John and Julie Gottman, Ron Siegel and others. Studying under these and many other professionals have shaped Stacey's style and theoretical framework.
Licenses, Certifications & Awards
Stacey Brown is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified Cognitive-Behavioral Counselor with a Domestic Violence Endorsement (through the National Board for Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapists), a Human Services-Board Certified Practioner and a formerly certified School Counselor. She is a licensed and certified by theState of Florida as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor. She is a nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor as well. Stacey is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is listed in The National Registry of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is a a member of the Premier Speakers Bureau for the National Center for Crisis Management. Stacey Brown is a National Trainer for the Cooperative Discipline program. This is an Adlerian based program that assists educators, parents and professions to foster cooperation and success among the children they serve. Stacey is also a Certified Anger Resolution Therapist and is a member of the National Registry of Certified Anger Resolution Therapists. Stacey Brown was a 1999 recipient of the Lee County Golden Apple Teacher Award and is a member of the prestigious Academy of Teachers. Stacey is a Registered Yoga Therapist (200) through the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute.
In May 2003, Stacey Brown was awarded the “Raising a Ruckus Award” by Working Mother magazine, a national publication, because of her philanthropic and advocacy work for children.
Stacey was the winner of The American Counselors’ Association's first Counseling and Mental Health Awareness Campaign Contest in 2013. Stacey’s advocacy and public education efforts, including an article written for the Fort Myers News-Press were highlighted. Stacey received recognition for the development and presentation of a professional training while at Florida Southwestern State College as the "Best Professional Development Workshop" from the Office of Academic Affairs and the Teaching and Learning Center. She was also awarded the Association of Florida Colleges' Learning Support Services award for Best Practices in staff development training in 2013. She was nominated for the Faculty Teaching and Instruction Excellence Award through the National Institute for Organization and Development (NISOD) three times during her time at Florida Southwestern State College. Stacey was nominated for the David K. Brooks Distinguished Mentor Award through the American Counseling Association in 2018. Stacey anticipates becoming a Certified Three Wisdoms Wellness Coach through the Himalayan Institute by September, 2018.
Stacey provides Clinical Supervision to Mental Health Counselor Interns for the State of Florida and is the Clinical Director for AIM/Target Programs. She is a member of the Senior Clinical Staff of the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at Florida Gulf Coast University. Previously, Stacey served as the Director of the Human Services, Associate of Science Degree, Program at Florida SouthWestern State College where she created two degree programs and three certificate programs for the college. While in this role at FSW, she served as a Professor in the program, creating curriculum for both ground and online courses and taught future counselors and human services practioners. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor for Florida Gulf Coast University and Barry University, teaching and providing clinical supervision for graduating counselors and educators in both bachelor’s and master’s degrees programs.
Stacey has been a contributing columnist for Southwest Florida Parent and Child Magazine and was a weekly columnist for The News-Press in Fort Myers for two years, writing about issues concerning children and families. She was a weekly commentator on the local NBC affiliate’s “Parent-to-Parent” television news show for two years, providing education to the Southwest Florida community on wellness and parenting. She has appeared weekly as an expert on relationships, parenting, child development and wellness on the "Mom Squad", an educational segment of the Fox 4 Morning Blend show. Stacey regularly contributes to public and professional counselor education on the topics of wellness and mental health by writing articles and editorials and being interviewed for local, regional, national and online magazines and news media. Stacey has been interviewed and quoted as an expert in several feature articles in Counseling Today magazine, an international publication of the American Counseling Association.
Stacey Brown has served as a School Counselor, Behavior Specialist, Consultant and Staff Development Trainer for the Lee County School District. She has provided Intensive Therapeutic On-Site Services (ITOSS) for children in foster care and emotionally disturbed children, served as an Addictions Counselor for adolescents and their families through residential treatment programs and as a Parenting Coordinator through the Lee County divorce courts. Stacey served as a Clinical Supervisor for a local provider offering in home counseling to children and adults.
Stacey Brown was the founding Co-Executive Director of Children’s Mental Health Services of Southwest Florida, LLC, a nonprofit organization targeting therapeutic treatment and education for children and families. She also was the founding Executive Director of The Foundation for Professional Development, a training corporation that provides continuing education to licensed professionals in the education and health care fields. She is the Clinical Director for a local drug and alcohol organization, AIM/Target Programs, where she provides clinical supervision assuring ethical adherence for state licensure of the facility.
She has presented numerous professional development trainings related to clinical, ethical, self esteem, classroom management, parenting and wellness issues at professional conferences locally, regionally, state-wide and nationally to School Counselors, beginning Counselors, advanced clinicians, college professors and school administrators.
Stacey Brown has participated as a proud member and leader of several professional organizations, including: the American Counselors' Association, the American Mental Health Counselors' Association, the Gulf Coast Mental Health Counselors Association, the Florida Mental Health Counselor's Association, the Lee County Association of Family Law Professionals, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, The Academy of Teachers, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Florida Counselors' Association, the Lee County School Counselors Association and CHADD, a support group for children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She is a member of the Counselors for Social Justice and the Association for Creativity in Counseling, both are divisions of the American Counseling Association, and serves on the Anti-Bullying Committee. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. Through her wellness profession, Stacey is a member of the Yoga Alliance and the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.
Stacey Brown has been an active member and leader of several Southwest Florida community and professional boards, including the CHADD Professional Advisory Board. She served on the CHADD Editorial Advisory Board of Attention magazine, a national publication. Stacey Brown is a former President of the Lee County Counselors' Association and a Regional Director for the Florida Counselors Association. She has served as a member of the Fort Myers Women's Community Club, Lee County Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni and the Lee County Human Services Advisory Board. She has served as a volunteer for the Lee County School Board, Habitat for Humanity and the Abuse, Counseling and Treatment Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Stacey volunteers with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority to deliver mental health education to college women across the country.