Parishioners of St. Francis de Sales,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides professional counseling services for parishioners of St. Francis de Sales, as well as for students and families of St. Francis de Sales School. This includes Catholic counseling for individuals, as well as marriage and family therapy.

Are you in need of emotional healing? Are you discouraged by your relationships with loved ones? Does fear, guilt, or your past prevent you from following your dreams and from responding to God’s calling? Now is the time to get the help and healing you need.

Read below to learn more details about the counseling services that are available for you. And then contact us so we can hear what you need and talk about how we can help you.

“At St. Francis de Sales we believe in the healing mission of Jesus Christ. Jesus offers us hope when we feel hopeless, joy in times of sorrow, peace when we are afraid, and light when we feel lost in life.  In order to extend His ministry of healing, we work closely with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate to provide professional counseling at our parish. If you are in a time of personal or family crisis then we invite you to learn more about our parish counseling services.”

– Fr. Joseph Son Thanh Phan, Pastor

Counselors serving the parish of St. Francis de Sales

On-Site Counselor

Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC, LMFT

Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC, LMFT

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. 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


St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Katy)
St. Cyril of Alexandria (west Houston)
St. Jerome (west Houston)

Off-Site Counselors

Diane Nuar, MA, LPC

Diane Nuar, MA, LPC

Meet Diane

Diane Nuar is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts in Education from Abilene Christian University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from LeTourneau University. Read Diane’s full bio


St. Michael Catholic Church (Houston)
St. James the Apostle Catholic Church (Spring)

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern


Meet Nick

Nick is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern receiving off-site supervision by Nick Lopez, MA, LPC-S. 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. Read Nick's full bio


St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spring) - temporarily onsite at Christ the Good Shepherd (Spring)

Derlyn Rhoades, MA, LPC Intern

Derlyn Rhoades, MA, LPC Intern

Supervisor: Julie Jones, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Meet Derlyn

Derlyn is a Licensed Profession Counselor Intern, receiving off-site supervision from Julie Jones PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S. She earned both her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2014) from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. Read Derlyn's full bio


St. Cyril of Alexandria (Houston)
Christ the Good Shepherd (Spring)
Sts. Simon and Jude (The Woodlands)

Onsite Counseling Hours at St. Francis de Sales

  • Mondays, 2pm-7:30pm (Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC, LMFT)

Offsite Counseling (Available Monday-Friday)

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our locations. Appointments are available Monday thru Friday. Contact us for details.


  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners and families of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. Contact us for details.

To request an appointment just complete the form below or call Rejoice Counseling Apostolate toll-free at (844) 295-3167. Mention you are a parishioner at St. Francis de Sales.