St. Jerome Catholic Community,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is excited to begin providing professional counseling services onsite at your parish. As Catholic counselors, we bring the gift of faith into every counseling session. We work with individuals, couples, parents, and families—and we look forward to working with you. If you are in need of hope, healing, new strength, or guidance in life, then we are here to journey with you in counseling.

Read below to learn about the Catholic counseling services that are available for parishioners and families of the parish school, and then contact us. We want to journey with you to joy—to the true joy that comes from our loving God!

– Dr. Chris Stravitsch, President


“At St. Jerome we all share the mission of serving God in a spirit of generosity and caring for one another with the compassion of Christ. If you are going through a struggle in life and would like to meet with a counselor, we are here for you. We work closely with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate in order to bring healing, rebuild marriages, and strengthen families throughout our parish.”

– Msgr. Dan Scheel, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Jerome Catholic Community

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)

Ivan Navarro, MA, LPC Intern

Ivan Navarro, MA, LPC Intern

Supervisor: Nick Lopez, MA, LPC-S


Meet Ivan

Ivan is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern receiving off-site supervision from Nick Lopez, MA, LPC-S. He completed a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (2016) from Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire. Before earning his Master’s degree, while living in Europe, Ivan received an S.T.B. degree in Theology (2013) from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (2007) from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Ivan speaks fluently English, Spanish, and Italian. Read Ivan's full bio

Iván es un Licenciado Consejero Profesional Interno recibiendo supervisión por fuera de Nick López, MA, LPC-S. Iván completó su maestría de consejería de salud mental (2016) en la Universidad Rivier del estado de New Hampshire. Antes de conseguir esta maestría, mientras vivía en Europa, Iván obtuvo un grado de teología católica (2013) de la Universidad Pontificia Gregoriana en Roma, Italia. Él también recibió y obtuvo un grado de comunicación social (2007) de la Universidad de Saint Thomas en Houston, Texas. Iván habla con fluidez y claridad el inglés, el español, y el italiano.  Read Ivan's full bio


St. Jerome (west Houston)


Off-Site Counselors available for parishioners

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)

Onsite Counseling Hours at St. Jerome

  • Thursdays, 9:30am-2:00pm (Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC, LMFT)
  • Thursdays, 5:00-9:00pm (Ivan Navarro, MA, LPC Intern)

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. Jerome Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. We are committed to ensuring 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 St. Jerome Catholic Church.