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

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.

How to Prepare for your First Counseling Session

Prepárese para su conversación con el consejero

“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, LPC

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD, LPC

Parish Counselor

Meet Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from 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 Dr. Larry’s full bio

Locations

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Theresa, Memorial Park, Houston

Jairo Suarez, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jairo Suarez, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Jairo

Jairo is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who earned an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at University of St. Thomas. He enjoys counseling adolescents, adults, couples and families in areas like parenting, domestic violence education, processing trauma, anger management, self-esteem, and grief.

Jairo es un consejero licensiado profesional asociado con una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental obtenido de la Universidad de Santo Thomas. Jairo tiene experiencia aconsejando adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias en áreas como crianza de los hijos, educación sobre violencia doméstica, procesamiento de traumas, manejo de la ira, autoestima y duelo. Read his bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring

Jennifer Walcik | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Jennifer Walcik | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer is a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling and is supervised by Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC. She also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas with a focus on cognitive development.

Read her bio here.

Location

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you in Spring and The Woodlands

Barry Horn, MEd, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Barry Horn, MEd, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Barry

Barry is an LPC Associate with an M.Ed. in Counseling and Development: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Lamar University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Texas Tech University. He enjoys journeying with clients to find alignment with their faith, education, career, family, and marriage.

Read his bio here.

Location

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Tenemos un Equipo de Consejeros Hispanohablantes que brindan sesiones de Tele-Salud también

Reúnase con un consejero por video.  El asesoramiento profesional puede ayudarle a crecer como individuo, afrontar circunstancias difíciles, recibir curación emocional, obtener mayor libertad y fortalecer sus relaciones.

Guadalupe Fajardo, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Guadalupe Fajardo, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Guadalupe

Guadalupe is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Guadalupe es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias. Read Guadalupe's full bio

Locations Localizada en:

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Virtual Counselor

Meet Janet

Janet Sturtz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor 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 u supervisora 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.

Cindy Contreras, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Cindy Contreras, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Cindy

Cindy is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Cindy es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias.  Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Houston
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Theresa Catholic Church, Memorial Park, Houston

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

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
  • Jueves en español

 

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.