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

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.

“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 Intern, LCDC; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Gary Russell, MA, LPC Intern, LCDC; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Gary

Gary is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S, 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. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Downtown Houston

Allison Woolford; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Allison Woolford; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

LCDC Intern; Parish Counselor Associate

Meet Allison

Allison Woolford graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of West Alabama. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. Read Allison's full bio


Virtual only

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

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


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.