Parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, 

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Services page

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is overjoyed to offer professional counseling services to parishioners, both onsite at St. Bartholomew and offsite. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can journey with you through numerous challenges that you want to overcome. And we will always bring the Catholic faith into the work that we do with you. Read below to learn about the Catholic counseling services that are available for parishioners and then get in touch with us. We are here to help.

Es nuestro agrado poder ofrecer servicios de consejería de salud mental a los feligreses, tanto en las instalaciones de San Bartolomé 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.

“In response to the need for Catholic counseling, our parish has partnered with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate to provide healing and hope to those who experience suffering in their lives. We endeavor to strengthen marriages, individuals and families through this faith-based Catholic counseling ministry. I believe that professional counseling can be a great benefit by addressing a need to be healed and restored while implementing the Catholic faith, teachings and morals into the many complex issues we face today.”

“En respuesta a la necesidad de consejería católica, nuestra parroquia se ha asociado con el apostolado de consejería Rejoice Counseling Apostolate, para proveer sanación y esperanza a quienes experimentan sufrimiento en sus vidas. Nuestro objetivo es fortalecer los matrimonios, individuos y familias a través de este ministerio de consejería católica basado en la fe. Estoy convencido que la asesoría profesional puede ser un gran beneficio al tratar la necesidad de sanación y restauración a través de la implementación de la fe católica, las enseñanzas y la moral en la variedad y complejidad de los problemas que enfrentamos hoy.”

-Father Christopher Plant, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle /
Consejeros disponibles

On-Site Counselors

Liz Bencivengo, MS, LPC Associate, LMFT Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Liz Bencivengo, MS, LPC Associate, LMFT Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Liz

Liz Bencivengo is an LPC Associate and LMFT Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. Liz received her bachelor’s degree in Educational Development from Anahuac University in Mexico, and has a Master’s in Religious Sciences from Universidad Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy.

Liz Bencivengo es LPC Asociada y LMFT Associate y se graduó de la Universidad de Houston-Victoria con una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental. Liz cursó la carrera de Educación y Desarrollo en la Universidad Anáhuac en la ciudad de México y obtuvo una Maestría en Ciencias Religiosas en la Universidad Regina Apostolorum en Roma, Italia.

Read full bio.

Locations 

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Frances Cabrini, Houston
St. John the Baptist, Alvin

Norma Gonzalez; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Norma Gonzalez; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Norma

Norma is currently studying counseling mental health with Prairie View University. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Houston, Downtown. In the past, she has worked with children with disabilities as an assistant teacher and hopes to become a licensed practicing counselor. Read full bio.

Location

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy

Ashley Rodriguez; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Ashley Rodriguez; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Ashley

Ashley is a Mental Health and Counseling graduate student at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. She is gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors.

Ashley es una estudiante de la Universidad de St. Thomas-Houston que esta estudiando para obtener la maestria en Consejeria y Salud Mental. Read her bio here.

Locations

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy

Off-Site Counselors

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC

Matthew Pici, M.Ed., LPC

Virtual Counselor

Meet Matt

Matthew Pici is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned a Master of Education in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. He 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 in the past. He counsels individuals, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Monica Hildebrand, MS, LPC Associate; Supervised by Julie Nicodemus Jones, PhD, LPC-S

Monica Hildebrand, MS, LPC Associate; Supervised by Julie Nicodemus Jones, PhD, LPC-S

Virtual Counselor

Meet Monica

Monica Hildebrand is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and holds an M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Va. She counsels individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Monica is a trauma-informed counselor with competence in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, group therapy, marriage and relationship distress, play therapy, and spirituality. As a certified Spiritual Director, she easily integrates faith with counseling. Read full bio.

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.

Ashley Hernandez, MS, LMFT-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Ashley Hernandez, MS, LMFT-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Virtual Counselor

Meet Ashley

Ashley Frech Hernandez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. She earned her M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of the Lake University and a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Ashley has experience working as a counselor in catholic schools and at crisis pregnancy centers. She has served both youth and adults in individual, couple, and family settings. She has walked with clients as they navigate through life’s most difficult challenges: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, relational discord, and more. Read full bio.

Counseling Hours Onsite at St. Bartholomew / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

      • Mondays, 9-5 (Inglés y Español)
      • Wednesdays, 9-7 (Inglés y Español)
      • Fridays, 9-5 (Inglés y Español)
      • Saturdays, 9-1 (Inglés y Español)

Offsite Counseling

    • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our locations and still receive the parishioner discount. 
    • 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 of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. Contact us for details.
    • La tarifa por consejería de salud mental se basa en una escala de descuentos. Todos los feligreses de San Bartolomé 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. Please mention you are a parishioner at St. Bartholomew.