Parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, learn about your Parish Counseling Services
¡Bienvenidas!

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.

How to Prepare for your First Counseling Session

Prepárese para su conversación con el consejero

“The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds…And you have to start from the ground up…

«Yo veo claramente qué es lo que más necesita la Iglesia hoy: la capacidad de curar las heridas y de calentar los corazones de los fieles, la cercanía y la proximidad. Yo veo a la Iglesia como un hospital de campo después de una batalla. ¡Es inútil preguntarle a un herido grave si tiene alto el colesterol o el azúcar! Hay que curar sus heridas. Después podremos hablar de lo demás. Curar las heridas, curar las heridas…Y hay que comenzar desde abajo»

– Pope Francis

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 Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. John the Baptist, Alvin

Samantha Tavares, M.Ed., LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Samantha Tavares, M.Ed., LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish & School Counselor

Meet Samantha

Samantha is an LPC Associate who earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling at Lamar University. She currently serves as a Parish Counselor at St. Bartholomew and a Counselor for students and families of St. John XXIII College Preparatory School in Katy.

Samantha es LPC Asociada y obtuvo una Maestría en Educación en Consejería y Desarrollo con una especialización en Matrimonio, Parejas y Consejería Familiar en Lamar University. Read her bio here.

Locations

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. John XXIII College Preparatory, Katy

Raquel Shaw; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Raquel Shaw; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Raquel

Raquel is a graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Houston, where she's training for excellence in professional skill development, theoretical knowledge, personal disposition, and cross-cultural awareness.

Raquel es una estudiante de nivel de maestría que estudia Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de Houston. Obtuvo una licenciatura en Artes de la Universidad de Houston con especialización en Psicología con una especialización en Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Familiares. Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy

Maria Chavez; Site Supervisor: Lea Fauster, PhdD(cand), LMFT

Maria Chavez; Site Supervisor: Lea Fauster, PhdD(cand), LMFT

Practicum Student

Meet Maria

Maria is a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Abilene Christian University. She enjoys collaborating with individuals, families, and couples struggling with communication issues, addictions, behavioral problems, grief, anxiety, and depression.

María es una estudiante de posgrado en el programa de Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar de Abilene Christian University. Read full bio

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Frances Cabrini, Houston

Off-Site Counselors

Ashley Hernandez, MS, LMFT

Ashley Hernandez, MS, LMFT

Virtual Counselor

Meet Ashley

Ashley Frech Hernandez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 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.

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.

Counseling Hours Onsite at St. Bartholomew / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

      • Monday thru Saturday – morning, afternoon, and evening options (English & Spanish)
      • Lunes a sábado – opciones de mañana, tarde y noche (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.