St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Services page

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is excited to begin providing Parish Counseling Services to the parishioners of St. Ignatius of Loyola and other nearby parishes in The Woodlands and Spring. Journeying with individuals, couples, parents, and families in counseling gives us great joy, and we hope we can share in this joyful journey with you! As Catholic counselors, we bring the gift of faith into every counseling session while also drawing upon our education, training, and experience in professional counseling. Read below to learn about the Catholic counseling services that are available for parishioners and their families, and then contact us for scheduling. We look forward to hearing from you!

Es nuestro agrado poder ofrecer servicios de consejería de salud mental a los feligreses, tanto en las instalaciones de San Ignacio como fuera de ellas. A través de asesoría individual, matrimonial o familiar, podemos proveerle con las herramientas necesarias para superar los desafíos de la vida diaria, a través de la fe católica. A continuación, encontrara la información sobre los servicios de asesoramiento católico disponibles para miembros de la Iglesia. Por favor comuníquese con nosotros; nuestro equipo de profesionales católicos está disponible para ayudarle.

– 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.

“As a certified spiritual director, I am often confused with a pastoral counselor. Oftentimes when someone has a deep-seated issue in life, healing the psyche is an important step toward growing in a closer relationship with the Lord Jesus. The author J.T. Byrne distinguishes spiritual direction and counseling in this way: spiritual direction treats spiritual problems and aims at supernatural integration while counseling treats emotional problems and aims at natural integration. At St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish we are concerned with the wholeness of the person: body, mind and soul. By offering counseling services that are in accord with the teachings of the Church, Rejoice Counseling Apostolate helps people remove the barriers that stifle human relationships. Thus, I am excited to have this partnership with Rejoice so that our parishioners may afford themselves to become both whole and holy.”

– Fr. Norbert Maduzia, Jr., E.V., D.Min., Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Ignatius / Consejeros disponibles

Onsite Parish Counselors

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

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

Jody Pitcher; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jody Pitcher; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor Student Intern

Meet Jody

Jody Pitcher is a graduate intern working towards a Master’s in Science from Divine Mercy University (DMU) to become a Licensed Professional Counselor with a focus on trauma. She is currently gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors. Read Jody's full bio

Locations

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring 

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you in Spring and The Woodlands

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Matt

Matthew Pici is an LPC Intern with an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. He is under the supervision of Dr. Chris Stavitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S and Judith Ramos Jordan, LPC-S. Matthew is also a certified School Counselor in the State of Texas. He has worked as a Catholic school counselor, principal, campus minister, art teacher, and theology teacher. He counsels individuals, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Locations 

Virtual Only

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

 

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

Counseling Hours for St. Ignatius of Loyola / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: morning, afternoon, and evening options

 

Additional Offsite Counseling (Available Monday-Saturday)

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at our other parish locations. We have a variety of days our counselors are available at nearby parishes in Spring and The Woodlands. Look at the counselor profiles above or contact us for details. Let us know that you are from St. Ignatius and you will receive the same great service for the same discounted rate.
  • Los feligreses también pueden programar citas con cualquiera de nuestros consejeros profesionales en cualquiera de nuestras ubicaciones y seguir recibiendo el descuento de feligreses.

Fee / La Tarifa

  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners and families of St. Ignatius of Loyola 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.
  • La tarifa por consejería de salud mental se basa en una escala de descuentos. Todos los feligreses de San Ignacio podrán utilizar este beneficio. Su tarifa está determinada por el ingreso anual de su hogar y el número de miembros en su familia. Póngase en contacto con nosotros para más detalles.

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. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church.