Parishioners of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Services page

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is overjoyed to offer professional counseling services to parishioners, both onsite at Christ the Redeemer 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

You can meet with your Parish Counselor in-person or via video, depending on your needs.
Contact us to discuss your scheduling options.

Se ofrecen sesiones de consejeria por video así como reuniones en persona.
Por favor contáctenos para más información y para hacer su cita.

“Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church is blessed to partner with Rejoice Parish Counseling to assist our parishioners in their time of need. In this day and age there is a real need among the people of God to ‘unpack’ the vicissitudes of life – be they bad or good or, as is the case for so many of us, somewhere in between. Rejoice Counseling helps individuals, couples, and families make sense of it all. Perhaps most importantly, they walk with our parishioners to help them rediscover the light of Christ within themselves and that great sense of hope that only the God of mercy can provide.
 
“The Church is called to be a ‘field hospital,’ as Pope Francis once famously said. As such, professional counseling, grounded in Catholic doctrinal and moral teachings, can help heal wounds and warm the hearts of the Christian faithful. It is my sincere hope that our parishioners seeking guidance will avail themselves to Rejoice Parish Counseling so that we might all live the joy of the gospel.”

– Fr. Sean Horrigan, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church

On-Site Counselors

Lauren Guido, MS, LMFT Associate, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Lauren Guido, MS, LMFT Associate, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Lauren

Lauren Guido is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who earned a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. She receives counseling supervision from Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Theology from the University of Dallas. In counseling, Lauren can address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions, emotional abuse, relationships, marriage and family life, and more. Read full bio.

Location

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston

Melissa Abraham, LMSW; Supervised by Janet Sturtz, LCSW-S

Melissa Abraham, LMSW; Supervised by Janet Sturtz, LCSW-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Melissa

Melissa Abraham is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from Baylor University and receives counseling supervision from Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S. She provides counseling and psychoeducation on topics such as grief, anxiety, addictions, depression, coping skills, women's issues, family relationships and more. She loves integrating Catholic faith with mental health. Read full bio.

Locations 

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Cindy Contreras; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Cindy Contreras; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Parish Counselor Student Intern

Meet Cindy

Cindy is a Mental Health and Counseling graduate student at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors.

Cindy es una estudiante de la Universidad de St. Thomas-Houston que esta estudiando para obtener la maestria en Consejeria y Salud Mental. Read her bio here.

Locations

Christ the Redeemer, Houston
St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy

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 

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary's Seminary, Houston

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you nearby

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Janet

Janet Sturtz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor with over 20 years of experience as a therapist. She has a Masters in Spanish Literature from Kent State University (Ohio) and a Masters is Social Work from the University of South Florida (Tampa). She counsels individuals, couples, and families in both English and Spanish.

Janet Sturtz es una trabajadora social clínica licenciada u supervisora con más de 20 años de experiencia como terapeuta. Tiene una maestría en literatura española de Kent State University (Ohio) y una maestría en trabajo social de University of South Florida (Tampa). Janet ofrece el servicio de consejería a individuos, parejas y familias en dos idiomas, Ingles y Español. 

Read Janet's full bio.

Locations / Localizada en:

Virtual only

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC

Parish Counselor

Meet Larry

Larry is a Licensed Professional Counselor completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Sam Houston State University. 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. Read Larry’s full bio

Locations

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Theresa, Memorial Park, Houston

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC

Parish Counselor

Meet Matt

Matthew Pici is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. He is also a certified School Counselor in the State of Texas. He has worked as a Catholic school counselor, principal, campus minister, art teacher, and theology teacher in the past. He counsels individuals, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Locations 

Virtual Only

Counseling Hours Onsite at Christ the Redeemer

    • Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (Saturdays are currently virtual)

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Saturday

    • 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 Saturday.

Fee

    • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners of Christ the Redeemer 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 Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church