Parish Counseling Services

Through a unique model of collaboration with priests and their pastoral staffs we offer individual, marriage and family counseling services onsite at parishes
Learn how parish counseling services can help meet your pastoral needs

Here’s How it Works


Step 1

The pastor meets with the Executive Director to discuss the specific pastoral needs of the parish and then identify how Parish Counseling Services will help meet those needs.

Step 2

Counselors are assigned to the parish to provide services onsite each week.

Step 3

The parish pays a nominal monthly fee based on parish size.


  • Individual, marriage and family counseling becomes more accessible
  • A new ministry for personal healing and strengthening their marriage and family life
  • Counseling is confidential, professional and faithful to the moral and magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church
  • Parishioners are more open to counseling when it is a ministry of the parish
  • Counseling becomes an experience of grace that enlivens their Catholic faith
  • Convenient scheduling of appointments onsite or at any of our parish or office locations
  • Receive a discounted sliding scale fee based on income and family size, or receive counseling at no cost due to financial need

“I am now experiencing the joy and freedom that God wanted for me, and wants for everyone.”

“Catholic counseling at my parish has deeply improved my life in so many ways.”


“Rejoice Parish Counseling Services have been an invaluable resource in our parochial ministry. Having a trusted counseling ministry that operates right on the parish site has been a real asset. Knowing that my parishioners are well taken care of, and that their Catholic faith will be part of the psychological healing process has given me a peace of mind that I had not had before. I highly recommend Rejoice Counseling to any pastor as one of the most worthwhile ministerial supports that I have experienced.”

Fr. Mario Arroyo

Pastor, St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

  • Strengthen your pastoral care plan by offering professional Parish Counseling Services
  • Provide parishioners with an opportunity for personal healing and for strengthening their marriages and families
  • Consult or work together with counselors to meet the specific needs of parishioners who turn to you for guidance
  • Counselors include your parish resources, Sacraments, and ministries in the counseling process
  • Have confidence that counselors support the parish mission and even lead parishioners more deeply into the parish community
  • We can support the work of the parish staff by giving presentations on marriage and family life and other important topics

What Pastors are Saying

“Rejoice Parish Counseling has become an integral part of our parish’s plan for pastoral care. I feel confident that our parishioners are receiving counseling that is grounded in our faith, respectful of our values, and professional in nature.”

Fr. Larry Christian

Vicar General for the Archdiocese of San Antonio; Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

“While working alongside Mr. Stravitsch, the Executive Director of Rejoice Counseling, I have witnessed his ability to help others grow, his wealth of insight and compassion, and his respect for God’s ongoing work in people.”

Very Rev. Jeff Pehl

Rector, Assumption Seminary, Archdiocese of San Antonio

“One of the biggest struggles that I have experienced in ministry is the knowledge that for many of our parishioners the pastoral counseling that I am able to provide is often not nearly enough to meet the challenge of the many struggles that they face throughout the course of life. Knowing that professional counseling is often indicated in many situations, the dilemma has been finding qualified therapists that also reflect a Catholic outlook on life to recommend to my parishioners. 

“I highly recommend Rejoice Parish Counseling Services to any pastor as one of the most worthwhile ministerial supports that I have experienced.”

Fr. Mario Arroyo

Pastor, St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

“Rejoice Parish Counseling is a wonderful counseling resource that has healed and brought peace to many who face challenges and difficulties in our fast-paced society. In my previous parish, I witnessed many people who were afforded hope and mercy that is rooted in Catholic faith and respectful of Christian values and morals. All too often parishioners are skeptical of popular psychology and feel that it does not square with their identity as Catholics.

“By enhancing our pastoral care plan with 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, St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

“At St. Francis de Sales we believe in the healing mission of Jesus Christ…In order to extend His ministry of healing, we work closely with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate to provide professional counseling services at our parish.” 

Fr. Joseph Son Thanh Phan

Pastor, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

“Rejoice Counseling provides well-trained counselors to help parishioners grow and develop into the person God is calling them to be.”

Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall, SM

Brothers of the Beloved Disciple, Archdiocese of San Antonio

We look forward to helping your parish meet pastoral needs!