Parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, 

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is overjoyed to begin offering professional counseling services to parishioners, both onsite at St. Bart’s and offsite. 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

“In response to the need for Catholic counseling, our parish has partnered with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate to provide healing and hope to those who experience suffering in their lives. We endeavor to strengthen marriages, individuals and families through this faith-based Catholic counseling ministry.

“I believe that professional counseling can be a great benefit by addressing a need to be healed and restored while implementing the Catholic faith, teachings and morals into the many complex issues we face today.”

-Father Christopher Plant

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle

On-Site Counselors

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

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

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. 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

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

Counseling Hours Onsite at St. Bartholomew

    • Monday mornings 
    • Tuesday afternoons and evenings

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Friday

    • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our locations and still receive the parishioner discount. Appointments are available Monday thru Friday.


    • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle 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. Please mention you are a parishioner at St. Bartholomew.