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

“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

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S

President and Founder

Meet Dr. Chris

Dr. Chris Stravitsch is the President and Founder of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, as well as a Board Approved Supervisor for both licenses. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and a dual degree in Pastoral Counseling from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, which consisted of a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. Chris oversees the counseling services that Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides to Catholic parishes throughout the Greater Houston area and San Antonio. Read full bio

Locations 

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Lucelly Torres, B.S.

Lucelly Torres, B.S.

Wellness & Family Support Specialist / Especialista en Bienestar y Apoyo Familiar

Meet Lucelly

Lucelly Torres has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UNAD de Colombia University and has over ten years of experience in the areas of individual and family counseling. In her home country of Colombia, she has professional training and experience working with clients in the areas of family therapy, couples therapy and relationships, grievance counseling, self-esteem and life planning, individual and group psychotherapy, mental health and crisis interventions.

Lucelly Torres tiene una licenciatura en psicología de la Universidad UNAD de Colombia y cuenta con más de diez años de experiencia en las áreas de asesoramiento psicológico individual y familiar. En su país de origen, Colombia, Lucelly tiene entrenamiento profesional y experiencia trabajando con pacientes en las áreas de terapia familiar, terapia de pareja, afrontamiento de duelo-perdida de ser querido, autoestima y proyecto de la vida, psicoterapia individual y grupal, salud mental e intervenciones en crisis.

Read Lucelly's full bio.

Locations / Localizada en:

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin

Lauren Guido; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Lauren Guido; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor Student Intern

Meet Lauren

Lauren Guido is a graduate intern working towards a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. She is currently gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors. She receives counseling supervision from Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Theology from the University of Dallas (2015). In counseling, Lauren can address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions, emotional abuse, relationships, marriage and family life, and more. Read full bio.

Locations 

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Houston

Kelsey Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Kelsey Johnson, MA, NCC, LPC Intern; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Kelsey

Kelsey is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC-S, LMFT-S. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University with minors in Neuroscience and Religious Studies (2015) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a certificate in Christian Counseling (2018). Read full bio.

Locations 

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin

Off-Site Counselors

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:

Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Spring
St. James the Apostle, Catholic Church, Spring
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC Intern; Supervised by Cheryl Ivory, MA, LPC-S and Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC Intern; Supervised by Cheryl Ivory, MA, LPC-S and Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Larry

Larry is a Parish Counselor who is completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Sam Houston State University. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, he receives supervision from Cheryl Ivory, M.A., LPC-S and Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. 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

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 Onsite at St. Bartholomew / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

      • Mondays, 8:30am – 12:30pm
      • Tuesdays, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
      • Wednesdays, 2:30pm – 8:00pm
      • Thursdays, 8:30am – 8:00pm
      • Fridays / Viernes, 8:30am – 5:00pm (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.