St. Joseph Catholic Church,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Services page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is delighted to serve alongside Fr. Victor Perez in bringing the healing mission of Christ to your parish and the downtown Catholic community. Whether you have been a lifelong member of this beautiful parish or attend Mass when you commute downtown for work, please know that a Catholic counselor can be available to you. We provide counseling to individuals, couples, and families, young and old, business professionals and retirees. Whatever your need is, our counselors are ready to journey with you to joy–to the true joy that comes from our loving God!

Read below to learn about the professional counseling services that are available for members of this parish community, and then contact us for scheduling.

– 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.

“Have you ever felt the need to see a counselor who shares your faith? Sometimes in life, we hit road bumps or we notice habitual ways of thinking or acting that come from something that perhaps happened to us. A Christian Counselor can help us to let go of the past, see ourselves and situations more clearly, and live with more freedom in the present. At our parish, we are blessed to have a Rejoice Catholic Counselor. I assure you that the counselors from Rejoice believe in the importance of God’s grace to help bring us wholeness and will encourage the living out of the Catholic Faith for you, your marriage, or your family.”

– Fr. Victor Perez, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Joseph Catholic Church

On-Site Counselor

Gary Russell, MA, LPC, LCDC

Gary Russell, MA, LPC, LCDC

Parish Counselor

Meet Gary

Gary is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He completed a Master of Arts in Counseling at Houston Baptist University. As a parish counselor, Gary can address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, substance and behavioral addictions, emotional abuse, marital healing and enrichment, divorce distress and recovery, parenting, and authentic masculinity from a Catholic perspective. He works with adults, youth, couples, and families. Read full bio.


St. Joseph Catholic Church, Downtown Houston
St. Michael Catholic Church, Houston

Off-Site Counselors available to you nearby

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


St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Theresa, Memorial Park, Houston

Melissa Abraham, LMSW; Supervised by Janet Sturtz, LCSW-S

Melissa Abraham, LMSW; Supervised by Janet Sturtz, LCSW-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Melissa

Melissa Abraham is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from Baylor University and receives counseling supervision from Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S. She provides counseling and psychoeducation on topics such as grief, anxiety, addictions, depression, coping skills, women's issues, family relationships and more. She loves integrating Catholic faith with mental health. Read full bio.


Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Onsite Counseling Hours at St. Joseph

  • Monday mornings, afternoons & evenings


Offsite Counseling (Available Monday-Saturday)

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our parish locations. There are several to choose from. Appointments are available Monday thru Saturday. Contact us for details.


  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners and families of St. Joseph Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. We are committed to ensuring everyone can receive counseling. Contact us for details.

To request an appointment just complete the form below or call Rejoice Counseling Apostolate toll-free at (844) 295-3167. Mention you are a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church.