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Stacey Appiah-Opoku, MA, LPC-MHSP, NCC

Assistant Director for Clinical Operations
Pronouns: she/her/hers

I believe we all have parts of our identities that influence how we move through the world and process experiences. As such I believe an important part of therapy involves exploring and affirming all salient parts of your identity. I will support you in sharing your story, identifying your values, experiencing your emotions and building skills to work towards your goals.

Stacey earned her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt she worked in the University of Texas at Dallas Student Counseling Center where she developed a passion for working with college students, international students and diverse populations. She has also worked in K-12 schools, behavioral health hospitals, and private practice. Stacey earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University where she studied elementary education and psychology.

Stacey approaches counseling from a social justice-based and trauma-informed lens. She is also trained in Somatic Experiencing, a body-oriented therapeutic model.  She utilizes a person-centered approach, which means she views her clients as the experts on their stories. Stacey’s desire is to honor these stories while empowering her clients to build the insight and self-compassion needed to heal and grow. She strives to create an atmosphere that is welcoming, warm and flowing with compassion. Stacey’s clinical interests include life transitions and adjustments, social justice advocacy, immigration and acculturative stress, family of origin issues, relational concerns, self-esteem concerns, and race-based trauma.

When not in the therapy room, Stacey loves spending time with friends, playing and watching tennis, and traveling. She began fostering dogs in 2020 and recently adopted her last foster, Sydney.