Stacey Brown, MA, LMHC, NCC, HS-BCP, CCBT, CART, ACS
Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomat
State of Florida Qualified Clinical Supervisor
Stacey Brown, the founder and Executive Director of Stacey Brown and Associates Counseling and Wellness, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with almost 30 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 and was a solo practitioner for more than twenty years. In September, 2018, Stacey expanded her practice to become a group counseling and wellness practice to provide more expansive services to address needs of the mind, body and spirit. Her personal journey of spiritual awakening, energy work and nutritional healing has complemented her extensive background in science, research and counseling philosophy to better address each individual with an integrative, intuitive health model.
Stacey specializes in ADHD, anxiety/stress, depression, child and adolescent development, parenting, divorce and changing families, trauma, relationship issues, anger management, life transitions, maternal mental health, parenting, grief and loss, college aged and young adult issues, and women's issues.
Stacey Brown is a practical, interactive, intuitive, 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, Ayurvedic medicine, spirituality, energy work 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, patience, 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 for local, state and national audiences.
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 is a Certified Three Wisdom Traditions Wellness Coach and a Certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. Stacey is a Reiki II Level Practitioner trained in the Usui/White Light Traditions and she has been trained in the practice of Transcendental Meditation. She is an Ordained Minister and a Certified Meditation Teacher.
Stacey is currently enrolled in the 300 Level Yoga Teacher Training course with an expected completion as a Registered Yoga Teacher 500 in 2021.
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 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 served as the Clinical Director for a local drug and alcohol organization, AIM/Target Programs, for eight years where she provided 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. 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 and the Lee County Human Services Advisory Board. She serves as an Advisory Board Member for Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, a SWFL based resource for mindfulness education and practice. She is a current member of the Lee County Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Club. She has served as a volunteer for the Lee County School Board, Habitat for Humanity's Women Build project, the Abuse, Counseling and Treatment Center, the Alliance for the Arts, the Lee County Democrats and Free Mom Hugs in Fort Myers, Florida. Stacey is a member of the Disaster Workforce Engagement Team as a Disaster Mental Health Responder for the Southern Gulf American Red Cross Chapter. She is a contributing artist and volunteer for the Abuse, Counseling and Treatment Center's Arts for ACT, an art auction event that raises money to support the local domestic violence services. Stacey volunteers with Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority to deliver mental health education to college women across the country through the "Behind Happy Faces" curriculum and is the "Counselor on Call" for artists who are in residence at the Robert Rauchenberg Artists in Residency Program on Captiva Island.
Stacey is passionate about issues surrounding social justice, women's rights, human rights and mental health. She regularly advocates and engages in marches, campaigns, rallies and advocacy events focused on equal rights. Stacey has participated in the Womens' March in Washington DC, the March for Our Lives in Washington DC and many local events to promote unity and tolerance for everyone and legislative growth to promote women's healthcare, LGBTQ rights, school safety and mental health awareness.
An artist in her own right, Stacey was previously a full time artist for many years with her jewelry sold in galleries and fashion stores all over America, including 32 stores in Macy's South. She often engages in local gallery calls for artists and juried exhibitions. Her paintings, jewelry and painted furniture have been on exhibit and for sale at the Alliance for the Arts, the Florida Gulf Coast University Gallery, and the ACT Gallery among others. You may follow Stacey on Instagram to learn more about her artwork.
Originally from Alabama, Stacey has lived in Florida since 1988. In her free time, Stacey spends time with her children, friends, and her faithful dog, Flaco. She enjoys reading, yoga practice, meditation, live music, being in nature, and creative pursuits such as painting, photography and mixed media art.