Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC

Dawn Stacey Verywell Birth Control Expert
Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC. Dawn Stacey

Dawn Stacey, PhD, is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). Additionally, Dr. Stacey is a published author and college professor. She formerly served as a family planning specialist, health educator, and pregnancy options counselor at Planned Parenthood.


Dawn has over 15 years of counseling experience -- providing therapy on sexual health issues, such as resolving guilt over birth control use to making informed reproductive choices. Dr. Stacey has helped individuals and couples with relationship issues, sexual practices, fertility counseling, family planning, and religious concerns over sexual behaviors. A majority of her work has included counseling teenagers as well as education on how to use birth control and how to discuss contraception use with parents and partners.

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. Dawn conducted pregnancy tests and provided unbiased and factual pregnancy options counseling. Dr. Stacey led workshops in her community on sexuality, contraceptives and STDs, and also facilitated reproductive health support groups. She participates in radio, television, internet, and print media interviews, provides llectures on contraception, and has held several contraception consultant positions.


Dr. Stacey is a licensed mental health counselor and earned a PhD in psychology in 2016. At the University of Florida in Gainesville, Dawn completed her Specialist in Education and Master of Education in mental health counseling as well her Bachelor of Science in psychology. Dr. Stacey is proud to be a nationally certified counselor, a certified HIV counselor, and a former member of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP).

Dawn Stacey, PhD, LMHC

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. I have been able to provide emotional support during both births and abortions, so I can honestly describe what you can expect during these times. I'm also trained in adoption counseling as an alternative to abortion.

I am passionate about contraception, its importance, and its accessibility. As a contraception advocate, I would love to see everyone make safe sex choices and reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. I love educating you all about your birth control 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.

Have a Question? Message me! Like me on Facebook, then message me there. I will try to get back to you with 72 hours. Just know that I am unable to provide medical advice.

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