Office of the Permanent Diaconate, 

welcome to your counseling page

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is delighted to partner with the Office of the Permanent Diaconate to offer professional counseling services to inquirers, aspirants, candidates, and permanent deacons across the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can work with you in the human dimension, cultivating qualities with a view to diaconal ministry. A few examples include human virtues, becoming a bridge between people, affective maturity, and a training in freedom that leads to servant-leadership. We are also available to assist with common issues people want to work through in counseling, such as depression, burnout, anxiety and stress, grief or bereavement, marriage healing and enrichment, parenting, and more.

Placing our gifts of counsel at the service of men who are being formed into Christ the Servant is a beautiful way for us to support you, your families, and the local Church. We look forward to meeting you.

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S, President

Counselors serving the Office of the Permanent Diaconate

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. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Parish Counselor

Meet Linda

Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and National Certified School Counselor. She earned her Masters in Counseling and Personal Development from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Read Linda's full bio

Locations

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC Intern; Supervised by Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC Intern; Supervised by Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Larry

Larry is a Parish Counselor who is completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Sam Houston State University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, he receives supervision from Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. 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

Dr. Cristina Lima, PhD, LPC, LMFT, BCN

Dr. Cristina Lima, PhD, LPC, LMFT, BCN

Counselor

Meet Dr. Cristina

Dr. Cristina Lima earned a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education (2012) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy (2008) from East Tennessee State University. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Theology program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Cristina is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is originally from Brazil, where she is a Specialist in both Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology. She speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Read full bio

Location

1523 Ravenel Ln
Sugar Land, TX 77479

Kelsey Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Kelsey Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Kelsey

Kelsey is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University with minors in Neuroscience and Religious Studies (2015) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a certificate in Christian Counseling (2018). Read full bio.

Locations 

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin

Thomas Kasper, MA, LPC

Thomas Kasper, MA, LPC

Counselor

Meet Thomas

Thomas Kasper is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). He earned a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology (2013) from the University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing (2009) from Texas A&M University.

Thomas works with clients on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, and addictive behaviors with adolescents, adults, and couples. He has published research on internet pornography in psychology journals. Thomas is also trained in EMDR (Eye-movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to help process traumatic events.
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Location

Bay Area Houston
1120 NASA Pkwy, Suite 220H
Houston, TX 77058

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Parish Counselor

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, Cypress
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston

Lucelly Torres, B.S.

Lucelly Torres, B.S.

Wellness & Family Support Specialist / Especialista en Bienestar y Apoyo Familiar

Meet Lucelly

Lucelly Torres has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UNAD de Colombia University and has over ten years of experience in the areas of individual and family counseling. In her home country of Colombia, she has professional training and experience working with clients in the areas of family therapy, couples therapy and relationships, grievance counseling, self-esteem and life planning, individual and group psychotherapy, mental health and crisis interventions.

Lucelly Torres tiene una licenciatura en psicología de la Universidad UNAD de Colombia y cuenta con más de diez años de experiencia en las áreas de asesoramiento psicológico individual y familiar. En su país de origen, Colombia, Lucelly tiene entrenamiento profesional y experiencia trabajando con pacientes en las áreas de terapia familiar, terapia de pareja, afrontamiento de duelo-perdida de ser querido, autoestima y proyecto de la vida, psicoterapia individual y grupal, salud mental e intervenciones en crisis.

Read Lucelly's full bio.

Locations / Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston

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

Availability

Across our many locations, we have a variety of morning, afternoon, and evening availability Monday thru Friday. We also have a limited amount of Saturday availability in a few locations. Our Client Coordinator will discuss all the options to find a location, counselor, and time that works well for you.

Locations

As part of our partnership, you are able to meet with our Catholic counselors at any of their current parish assignments or office locations:

PARISHES
Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring
Christ the Redeemer, Houston
Most Holy Trinity, Angleton
St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Houston
St. James the Apostle, Spring
St. Jerome, Houston
St. John the Baptist, Alvin
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Mary Magdalene, Humble
St. Michael the Archangel, Houston
Sts. Simon and Jude, The Woodlands

PRIVATE OFFICES
Bay Area Office
Sugar Land Office

Contact us for scheduling

Please contact our Client Coordinator to schedule your first appointment. Our main line is (844) 295-3167. Be sure to inform us you are with the diaconate program.