Office of the Permanent Diaconate, 

welcome to your counseling page

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is delighted to partner with the Office of the Permanent Diaconate to offer professional counseling services to inquirers, aspirants, and candidates across the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can work with you in the human dimension, cultivating qualities with a view to diaconal ministry. A few examples include human virtues, becoming a bridge between people, affective maturity, and a training in freedom that leads to servant-leadership. Placing our gifts of counsel at the service of men who are being formed into Christ the Servant is a beautiful way for us to support you and the local Church. We look forward to meeting you!

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, President

Counselors serving the Office of the Permanent Diaconate

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S

President and Founder

Meet Dr. Chris

Dr. Chris Stravitsch is the President and Founder of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Board Approved Supervisor for both licenses. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a dual degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, which consisted of a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. Chris oversees the counseling services that Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides to Catholic parishes throughout the Greater Houston area and San Antonio. Read full bio

Locations 

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Laura Aguirre, MA, LPC

Laura Aguirre, MA, LPC

Parish Counselor

Meet Laura

Laura Aguirre is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University. 

Laura es una Consejera Profesional con Licencia. Ella logro su bachillerato de ciencia de psicología y su maestría de arte en consejería clínico en salud mental de la universidad de Sam Houston State.

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Locations

Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Spring
St. James the Apostle, Catholic Church, Spring
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC

Parish Counselor and Parish Services Director

Meet Nick

Nick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and our Parish Services Director. He earned a Master of Education in Counseling (2011) from The University of Houston-Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2005) while studying at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Additionally, Nick has attended graduate courses in Catholic Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver. He has also completed the level 1 Gottman training in marriage counseling. He counsels individuals, couples, and families. Read Nick's full bio

Locations 

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Houston
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Thomas Kasper, MA, LPC

Thomas Kasper, MA, LPC

Counselor

Meet Thomas

Thomas Kasper is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (2013) from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing (2009) from Texas A&M University.

Thomas works with clients on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and addictive behaviors with adolescents, adults, and couples. He has published research on internet pornography in psychology journals. Thomas is also trained in EMDR (Eye-movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to help process traumatic events.
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Location

Bay Area Houston
1120 NASA Pkwy, Suite 220H
Houston, TX 77058

Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Parish Counselor

Meet Linda

Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and National Certified School Counselor. She earned her Masters in Counseling and Personal Development from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Read Linda's full bio

Locations

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring

Kelsey Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Kelsey Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Kelsey

Kelsey is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University with minors in Neuroscience and Religious Studies (2015) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a certificate in Christian Counseling (2018). Read full bio.

Locations 

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Larry Freeney, Jr., MA, LPC Intern; Supervised by Cheryl Ivory, MA, LPC-S

Larry Freeney, Jr., MA, LPC Intern; Supervised by Cheryl Ivory, MA, LPC-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Larry

Larry is a Parish Counselor working towards his full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, he receives off-site counselor supervision from Cheryl Ivory, M.A., LPC-S. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Christianity (2014) and a Master of Arts in Counseling (2016) at Houston Baptist University. Currently, Larry is working towards a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. Read Larry’s full bio

Locations

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Houston

Dr. Cristina Lima, PhD, LPC, LMFT, BCN

Dr. Cristina Lima, PhD, LPC, LMFT, BCN

Counselor

Meet Dr. Cristina

Dr. Cristina Lima earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education (2012) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy (2008) from East Tennessee State University. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Cristina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is originally from Brazil, where she is a Specialist in both Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Read full bio

Location

1523 Ravenel Ln
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Availability

Across our many locations, we have a variety of morning, afternoon, and evening availability Monday thru Friday. We also have a very limited amount of Saturday availability in Katy and the Bay Area (NASA). Our Client Coordinator will discuss all the options to find a location, counselor, and time that works well for you.

Locations

As part of our partnership, you are able to meet with our Catholic counselors at any of our current locations:

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring
Most Holy Trinity, Angleton
St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Houston
St. James the Apostle, Spring
St. Jerome, Houston
St. John the Baptist, Alvin
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Mary Magdalene, Humble
St. Michael the Archangel, Houston
Sts. Simon and Jude, The Woodlands
Bay Area Office @ 1120 NASA Pkwy, Houston

Contact us for scheduling

Please contact our Client Coordinator to schedule your first appointment. Our main line is (844) 295-3167. Be sure to inform us you are with the diaconate program.