St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is pleased to offer professional counseling services to parishioners of St. Michael’s. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can journey with you through numerous challenges you may want to overcome. And we will always bring the Catholic faith into the work 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 Christian counsel, we have partnered with Rejoice Parish Counseling to provide healing and hope to our parishioners who experience suffering in their lives. By enhancing our pastoral care plan with their Parish Counseling Services, I have been privileged to witness a restoration of faith and families as they begin to weave healing into their daily lives–knowing that in this ministry God is truly present as Healer of our every ill.”

– Fr. Wayne Wilkerson, Pastor

Forgiveness: Called to Mercy

Thursday, October 25, 2018 * 10:00-11:00am

Starting with the gospel, this presentation uses the parable of the Prodigal Son as a backdrop of mercy, forgiveness, and the bitterness of anger and resentment. Going further it examines excerpts from Pope Francis’ papal bull for the jubilee year of mercy, Misericordia Vultus, and synthesizes the 4 steps of forgiveness as outlined by psychologists Enright and Fitzgibbons. Attendees will be able to reflect on and participate in God’s forgiveness and help others to do the same. Forgiveness and God’s divine 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. The presentation will be given by Nick LaRocca, the Parish Counselor.

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

On-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


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

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


St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Houston

Off-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


St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

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


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

Onsite Counseling

  • Thursdays: 6:00pm-9:00pm (Larry Freeney, MA, LPC Intern, Parish Counselor)
  • Fridays: 8:30am-5:00pm (Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern, Parish Counselor)

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. Michael the Archangel 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. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.