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

Meeting with your Parish Counselor remotely is still an option.

Given the importance of current COVD-19 precautions, many counseling sessions are still being offered via video and phone. We are also offering a limited amount of face-to-face counseling sessions as more parishes re-open. Contact us to discuss your scheduling options.

“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

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Parish Counselor

Meet Janet

Janet Sturtz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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 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:

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

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

Lauren Guido, MS, LMFT 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 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.

Locations 

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

Claudia Calero-Osborn; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Claudia Calero-Osborn; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor Associate

Meet Claudia

Claudia Calero-Osborn is a Parish Counselor Associate with a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria in Katy. She is a Certified School Counselor and is working to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.

Claudia Ariana Calero-Osborn es Consejera Parroquial Asociada con una Maestría en Educación en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental de la Universidad de Houston-Victoria en Katy. Ella es una Consejera Escolar Certificada y está trabajando para convertirse en una Consejera Profesional con licencia temporal y Terapeuta de Matrimonios y Familias con licencia temporal. 

Read Claudia's full bio

Locations: Localizada en:

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

Jody Pitcher; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jody Pitcher; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor Student Intern

Meet Jody

Jody Pitcher is a graduate intern working towards a Master’s in Science from Divine Mercy University (DMU) to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with a focus on trauma. She is currently gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors. Read Jody's full bio

Locations

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring 

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you nearby

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. She counsels individuals, couples, and families in both English and Spanish.

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. Laura ofrece el servicio de consejería a individuos, parejas y familias en dos idiomas, Ingles y Español. 

Read Laura's full bio

Locations / Localizada en:

St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

 

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

St. James the Apostle, Spring
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Mary Magdalene, Humble
St. Michael the Archangel, Houston
Sts. Simon and Jude, The Woodlands

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Matt

Matthew Pici is an LPC Intern with an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. He is under the supervision of Dr. Chris Stavitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S and Judith Ramos Jordan, LPC-S. Matthew 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. He counsels individuals, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Locations 

Virtual Only

Counseling Hours Onsite at Christ the Redeemer 

    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (Variety of morning, afternoon, and evening appointments)

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