Parishioners of St. Cyril of Alexandria,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling page!

If you are looking for help in counseling or need guidance for your marriage and family, then you are in the right place. Professional counseling services are provided onsite to parishioners by highly skilled Catholic counselors who are part of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. Read below to learn more details about counseling for parishioners. And then contact us at (844) 295-3167 so we can hear what you need and discuss how we can help.

“One of my parishioners often says, “Life is Tough, Get a Helmet.”  While I have always found the advice to be humorous, it is also extremely true.  None of us can go through life without the emotional bumps and bruises that our closest relationships entail.  Our Catholic faith allows us to find meaning and direction as we cope with the many issues that life presents.  Just exactly how to connect the very real situations of life, the teachings of Our Lord, and practical advice is, however, not always extremely clear. 

“That’s where a good counselor can really help.  Being able to speak to a trained and faith-filled professional can often be the very heart of the life direction that we are seeking.   I know that in my own life, the help of a counselor that I can trust to help me through the many confusing feelings and decisions of life has, on many occasions, been of great value to me.  I encourage you not to be embarrassed by the need to look for guidance and advice, but especially from a trusted Catholic professional. I highly recommend to you the counselors of Rejoice Ministries.  They are trained and trusted.  They WILL help you, not only by knowing when a helmet is needed for the bumps and bruises, but also when its time to allow life to touch you in tenderness and love.”

-Fr. Mario Arroyo, Pastor

UNFILTERED: Equipping Parents for an Ongoing Conversation about Pornography

Thursday, October 25, 2018 * 7:00-8:30pm (Free childcare)

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
Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is offering a free presentation that will equip you to safeguard your home and your children. Parents 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
Scheduled for October 25, 7:00 pm. Due to the nature of the content, we ask that you please not bring children but arrangements can be made for onsite childcare by contacting Beatriz Green at bgreen[at]stcyrilhouston.org

On-site Counselors

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

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

Off-site Counselors

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

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.

Read Laura's full bio

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

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

Onsite Counseling

  • Wednesdays, 9:30am – 8:30pm

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.

Fee

  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All St. Cyril parishioners will be able to use a sliding scale. Your discount is determined by your annual household income and family size. Father Mario is committed to making sure all parishioners can receive counseling even if they are unable to pay. Contact us for details.

To request an appointment just complete the contact form below or call Rejoice Counseling Apostolate toll-free at (844) 295-3167. Please mention you are a parishioner at St. Cyril's.