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

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. Ambrose Catholic Church, Houston
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Theresa Catholic Church, Memorial Park, Houston

Kathy Garza, M.Ed., LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Kathy Garza, M.Ed., LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Kathy

Kathy is an LPC Associate with an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from University of Texas-Austin and a B.A. in Bilingual Education from University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is also credentialed as a mediator through Travis County Dispute Resolution Center.

Kathy es LPC Asociada y obtuvó una Maestría de Educación en Sicología Educativa de la Universidad de Texas en Austin y también obtuvó una Licenciatura en la Educación Bilingüe de la Universidad de Houston en Clear Lake. Tiene la credencial de mediadora por El Centro de Resolver Disputas del Condado Travis. Read full bio

Locations / Localizada en

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Fulshear

 

Gabriel Gonzalez | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Gabriel Gonzalez | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Gabriel

Gabriel Gonzalez is a graduate student at Houston Christian University, pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is supervised by Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S. He earned his undergraduate degree in Religion from Saint Leo University.

Read his bio here.

Location

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress

Emily Jackson | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC | Clinical Mentor: Dr. Lea Fauster, PhD, LMFT-S

Emily Jackson | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC | Clinical Mentor: Dr. Lea Fauster, PhD, LMFT-S

Practicum Student

Meet Emily

Emily is a graduate student at Divine Mercy University pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She completed her undergraduate studies in elementary education at Texas A&M University.

Read her bio here.

Location

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you nearby

Barry Horn, MEd, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Barry Horn, MEd, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Barry

Barry is an LPC Associate with an M.Ed. in Counseling and Development: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Lamar University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Texas Tech University. He enjoys journeying with clients to find alignment with their faith, education, career, family, and marriage.

Read his bio here.

Location

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

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.

Counseling Hours Onsite at Christ the Redeemer

    • Monday thru Saturday – morning, afternoon, and evening options

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