"My goal is to provide my culturally diverse clients with the best personalized mental health assessment and care . I go the extra mile to work with my clients, to help them to make the best life decisions that would not only meet their individual emotional needs, but also enhance their overall adjustments. My clients benefit from my 30+ years of multinational and multicultural professional experiences and trainings. I deliver my services with utmost humility, and with the ultimate purpose of meeting the needs of my clients. I am easy to talk with, and I provide a relaxed atmosphere for comfortable therapeutic engagement. My humanity finds expression in the compassion, empathy, patience, and care that I extend to my clients. With the belief that one cap does not fit all, and that what works for client A may not work for client B, I go eclectic and tailor my therapeutic approaches to accommodate individual differences while maintaining all therapeutic standards and clinical competences. I use my knowledge of various evidence-based and solution-focused treatment options to meet my clients’ mental health and emotional needs. As a teacher, I am passionate about your education and academic success. As a mother, I feel your pain and that of your child. As a wife, I can relate to your interpersonal relationship issues. All these, coupled with several decades of professional training and experiences, provide me with the expertise, tools and skills needed to navigate your problems with you. I am here to guide you and walk with you on your emotional journey." Dr. Ngozi Okose
Dr. Okose started her career as a core faculty member at the University of Nigeria. For over 12 years, she taught many undergraduate and graduate level courses in counseling, supervised many counselors in training, published several professional articles, and presented numerous informative papers at national and international conferences and institutes. She also coordinated counseling programs and curriculum development, and served in and chaired many faculty and university committees. Through the course of the stay, Dr. Okose provided guidance and counseling services to members of the university community. Dr. Ngozi Okose has been in private practice in Houston, Texas for over 17 years. She is a partner with Dave Cole, Ph.D. and Associates, following 5 years of intense clinical internship.
A multi-lingual, Dr. Okose’s professional training and experience are interdisciplinary, spanning the broad areas of Education, French, Language Arts, Counseling and Management. Dr. Okose obtained her post graduate degrees from University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria, and Harvard University. She also spent a year of language training at Université de Nice in France.
- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), National Certified Counselor (NCC)
- National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC).
- Post-doctoral training in Psychology with focus on Clinical Assessment.
- Specialized training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) at Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in Philadelphia under Aaron and Judith Beck (Leaders in CBT).
- Trauma and Disaster Mental Health with Red Cross Foundation and volunteers as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Counselor.
- Counseling in the Virtual World: Tele-Behavioral Health under the American Counseling Association (ACA).
With the above trainings Dr. Okose is well prepared to assess, diagnose and treat clients of diverse culture who are struggling with a variety of mental health issues.
- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas, 2003-Date.
- Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Texas- Active.
Dr. Okose has over 30+ years of teaching, counseling and assessment experiences.
Clients of ages 3-79 years of diverse ethnicity and culture;
Culturally diverse clients; Caucasians, Blacks, Hispanics and Asians;
Global Reach/Immigrant and Refugees: As an immigrant with multicultural training, Dr. Okose understands her clients issues from their cultural perspectives. She also has a broad clinical experience with immigrants and refugees from Mexico, the Caribbean, El Salvador, Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Somalia, Liberia, Eretria, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana,……
With the Covid 19 pandemic, she provides counseling and tele-mentalhealth services to alleviate a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders to people across the continents of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
Sometimes she provides pro-bono services to underprivileged.
Areas of focus
- Adjustment Disorders
- Behavioral issues
- Bipolar Disorder
- Conduct Disorders (ADD)
- Coping Skills
- Crisis/Disaster intervention
- Domestic abuse/violence
- Education intervention
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family related problems
- Grief/Loss, and Bereavement;
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Relationship Problems
- School Related Problems
- Self Esteem
- Trauma and PTSD
- Corona-virus anxiety relief support
- Family counseling,
- Play Therapy.
Online/Telemental/Telebehavioral Health Services
Dr. Ngozi Okose uses HIPPA-compliant Tele-mental/Tele-behavioral health platforms to ensure high level of security for online services.
Dr. Okose goes eclectic and tailors her approaches to accommodate individual differences while maintaining all therapeutic standards and clinical competences. Dr. Okose uses her knowledge of various evidence-based and solution-focused treatment options to meet her clients’ mental health and emotional needs.
Evaluations and Assessment
- Mental Health Evaluations
- Forensic Evaluations
- Custody Evaluations and Parenting Plans
- Courtroom Testimony.
Dr. Okose is a Licensed Supervisor with the State of Texas Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors.
She has supervised and mentored many mental health interns and professionals in training. She is also an Honorary Clinical Instructor for Walden University, partnering with the university to provide onsite supervision and mentoring for her students.
Dr. Okose has affiliation with many professional organizations and, to maintain professional competence, she constantly engages in professional workshops and trainings with, and makes presentations at some of these organizations.
- American Counseling Association
- American Mental Health Counseling Association
- International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
- Association for Multi-cultural Counseling and Development
- Texas Counseling Association
- Counseling Practitioners’ Round Table of the International Association for Counseling; an organization with focus on improving global mental health and well-being.
Dr. Okose also had affiliations with the Counseling Association of Nigeria, and African Network for the Prevention and Protection of Child Abuse and Neglect. Ngozi is a child advocate and co-authored an article; "Child Abuse and Neglect: Counseling and Healing Practices with People of African Ancestry. "
Dr. Okose is married with three children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, sewing, catching up on News and documentaries, and traveling. She also creates time to provide crises counseling services to victims of disaster (such as during hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Harvey), and families dealing with grief and trauma from losing members to gun violence in the USA and to crises from regional violence, poverty, and AIDS in Sub Sahara Africa.