Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is overjoyed to begin offering professional counseling services to parishioners of Sts. Simon and Jude. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can journey with you through numerous challenges that you want to overcome. And we will always bring the Catholic faith into the work that we do with you.

Read below to learn about the Catholic counseling services that are available for parishioners and then get in touch with us. We are here to help.

– Dr. Chris Stravitsch, President

“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has called us to be “a Church that goes forth toward those who are ‘wounded’, who are in need of an attentive ear, understanding, forgiveness and love.” To help us fulfill this mission of healing, we work with Rejoice Parish Counseling to provide counseling services for our parish community. It is my heartfelt prayer that everyone who is wounded will receive Christ’s healing touch, so that we will join together in proclaiming the Gospel of Joy!”

– Fr. Pat Garrett, Pastor

Parish Presentations You Don’t Want to Miss!

Forgiveness: Called to Mercy

7:00pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018

This special presentation by Nick LaRocca, LPC Intern, will use the Gospel parable of the Prodigal Son as a backdrop of mercy, forgiveness, and the bitterness of anger and resentment. Going further it examines excerpts from papal documents and synthesizes the 4 steps of forgiveness as outlined by psychologists Enright & Fitzgibbons. Attendees will be able to reflect on and participate in God’s forgiveness and help others to do the same. Forgiveness and mercy are a part of our everyday lives. We all need to forgive someone or be forgiven, or need to help our loved ones learn about forgiveness. This talk is for everyone! Free and open to the public.

UNFILTERED: Equipping Parents & Adults for an Ongoing Conversation about Family Internet Safety

7:00pm on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Parents, are you informed about the real dangers of internet pornography? The stats are alarming!

  • Average age of first exposure to internet pornography is 11 years old
  • 42% of kids first view pornography before age 13
  • 73% of kids are exposed to pornography before age 18
  • 67% of kids admit to clearing their browser history to hide internet use from parents
  • The largest consumers of internet pornography are kids ages 12-17

Join Dr. Chris Stravitsch, President of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate, for a presentation that will equip you to safeguard your home and your children. You will learn:

  • Statistics and effects of pornography use and exposure
  • How to use parental controls effectively
  • The difference between blocking and discussing Internet use
  • Simple parenting techniques to keep up with kids’ activities online
  • How to have healthy and God-centered conversations about sexual temptations and what we see and do online

Due to the nature of the content, we ask that you please not bring children. Free and open to the public.

Counselors serving the parishioners of Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church

On-Site Counselors

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern; Supervised by Nick Lopez, M.A., LPC-S

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern; Supervised by Nick Lopez, M.A., LPC-S

Parish Counselor and Parish Services Director

Meet Nick

Nick is a Parish Counselor and Parish Services Director. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, he receives 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


Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Spring
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Off-Site Counselors available to you in Spring and The Woodlands

Diane Nuar, MA, LPC

Diane Nuar, MA, LPC

Parish Counselor

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 the Archangel Catholic Church, Houston
St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, Spring

Onsite Counseling

  • Tuesdays, 10:00am-8:00pm (Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern) – Individual, marriage, and family counseling

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Friday

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our other parish 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 Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. We want to ensure everyone can receive counseling. 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 Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church.