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.

How to Prepare for your First Counseling Session

Prepárese para su conversación con el consejero

“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, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Lauren Guido, MS, LMFT, 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 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

Michelle Miller, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Michelle Miller, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Michelle

Michelle is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Michelle es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias. Read Michelle's full bio

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston

Barry Horn; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Barry Horn; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Barry

Barry is currently a graduate student at Lamar University in their Counseling and Development-Family, Couples, and Marriage program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas Tech University. Barry has served diverse, underrepresented populations for over five years in a community college setting. Through helping community college students, he recognized the need for mental health support within his community. Barry is committed to serving others through counseling.

Read his bio here.

Locations

Christ the Redeemer, Houston

Cindy Contreras, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Cindy Contreras, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Cindy

Cindy is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Cindy es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias.  Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Theresa Catholic Church, Memorial Park, Houston

Jairo Suarez; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Jairo Suarez; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Jairo

Jairo is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at University of St. Thomas. He has experience as a practicum student in private practice working with families and individuals on topics like parenting, domestic violence education, processing trauma, and anger management.

Jairo es estudiante de posgrado en el Programa de Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental de University of St. Thomas. Read his bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer, Houston
St. Jerome, Houston

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you nearby

Monica Hildebrand, MS, LPC

Monica Hildebrand, MS, LPC

Virtual Counselor

Meet Monica

Monica Hildebrand is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds an M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Va. She counsels individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Monica is a trauma-informed counselor with competence in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, group therapy, marriage and relationship distress, play therapy, and spirituality. As a certified Spiritual Director, she easily integrates faith with counseling. Read full bio.

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Virtual 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.

Raquel Shaw; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Raquel Shaw; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Raquel

Raquel is a graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Houston, where she's training for excellence in professional skill development, theoretical knowledge, personal disposition, and cross-cultural awareness.

Raquel es una estudiante de nivel de maestría que estudia Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de Houston. Obtuvo una licenciatura en Artes de la Universidad de Houston con especialización en Psicología con una especialización en Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Familiares. Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy

Counseling Hours Onsite at Christ the Redeemer

    • Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

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