Ngozi Okose is a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She served as a full-time faculty member at the University of Nigeria for over twelve years, during which time she taught many undergraduate and graduate level courses in counseling, published several professional articles, and presented numerous conference papers.
Dr. Okose is multi-lingual. Her professional training and experience are interdisciplinary, spanning the broad areas of French, Language Arts, and Counseling. Dr Okose received a Bachelor of Education degree in French and Language Arts and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She earned a Ph.D. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She completed her internship in clinical counseling in an outpatient clinical and consulting psychology facility in Houston, Texas. During this period she gained an extensive experience in providing psychotherapeutic services for culturally diverse individuals, groups, and families in the United States.
Dr Okose is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Board Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Certified Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. She belongs to several professional organizations including the American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counseling Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, Association for Multi-cultural Counseling and Development, and Texas Counseling Association. She is also a member of the Counseling Association of Nigeria and the African Network for the Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse and Neglect. She is a life member of the Association of African Women Scholars.
Over the years Dr Okose has served in various administrative capacities. She is a Texas State Approved Supervisor for Licensed Professional Counselor-Interns. She coordinated Guidance and Counseling Sandwich (summer) programs at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and served in many faculty and university committees. A former Inspector of Education (Guidance and Counseling Services) in Nigeria, she still liaises professionally with many counseling and consulting groups in Nigeria and provides consultancy to some African based non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She sometimes provides pro bono counseling services to families in Nigeria.
Though in private practice, Dr Okose has not lost her zeal in teaching, research, and writing. She is an active participant in conferences and institute trainings organized by such bodies as the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association, and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. She uses her broad professional background and real life experiences to make informative presentations at some of these professional conferences and institutes.
Building on over 25 years of experience as both a college professor and a psychotherapist, Dr Okose combines private practice with research and writing. She recently co-authored a chapter in a forthcoming book: Counseling People of African Descent. Dr Okose divides her time between Nigeria and the United States.