Joy Onukogu MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
Joy Ngozi Onukogu is the Principal Owner of Ngozi Wellness Services LLC, based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Joy and her practice provides expert counseling services, birth work/doula services, and educational services that include peer training and consulting; both in-person and virtually. Ngozi Wellness Services focuses on children, LGBTQ+, moms/pregnant women, and couples.
She is licensed in the states of Missouri and Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), certified in Perinatal Mental Health. She is also trained as a Prenatal and Postpartum Doula and trained at Jamaa Birth Village in Ferguson, Missouri. Joy's educational background includes a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Webster University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University.
Joy’s work experience includes individual, family, couples, and group counseling at St. Louis based agencies and clinics, and school-based settings working with preschool through 12th-grade youth.
She has also worked with parents, teens, young adults, and adults. Her clinical interests and specializations include family issues, depression, anxiety, postpartum depression and anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, crisis intervention, physical and sexual abuse, trauma, and working with children and the LGBTQ+ community.
Her passion started at a young age while in high school. She wanted to help her family and her community, overcome mental health disparities and parenting challenges that impacted the community in a perpetual way.
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Joy is an absolute pleasure to work with! Whenever we spoke she met me with acceptance and an air of optimism that was both encouraging and reassuring. She provided insights and strategies that helped me ground myself and see my circumstances in a new light. I would recommend her services to anyone looking for a friendly and professional therapist to help them on their path to wellness.
Over 6 months ago I was in a dark place, and I needed to talk to someone professionally, but also that I felt safe and have a connection with. Joy was that person for me and I feel truly blessed because not everyone can say that about their therapist, especially if it's your first time going through therapy like myself. As the months progressed with opening up to them I feel a great deal of weight off my shoulders, I'm still working on myself and how I assess things, however having Joy as someone I know I can count on through my journey of healing and tough times brings me clarity. I am truly grateful and they are truly a rare gem in this line of work and community.
Joy is a great listener. She helped me find my purpose at work with her one on one mentorship. I was able to get a promotion in the same year I worked with Joy!