Parishioners of St. Cyril of Alexandria,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling page!

If you are looking for help in counseling or need guidance for your marriage and family, then you are in the right place. Professional counseling services are provided onsite to parishioners by highly skilled Catholic counselors who are part of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. Read below to learn more details about counseling for parishioners. And then contact us at (844) 295-3167 so we can hear what you need and discuss how we can help.

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

“One of my parishioners often says, “Life is Tough, Get a Helmet.”  While I have always found the advice to be humorous, it is also extremely true.  None of us can go through life without the emotional bumps and bruises that our closest relationships entail.  Our Catholic faith allows us to find meaning and direction as we cope with the many issues that life presents.  Just exactly how to connect the very real situations of life, the teachings of Our Lord, and practical advice is, however, not always extremely clear. 

“That’s where a good counselor can really help.  Being able to speak to a trained and faith-filled professional can often be the very heart of the life direction that we are seeking.   I know that in my own life, the help of a counselor that I can trust to help me through the many confusing feelings and decisions of life has, on many occasions, been of great value to me.  I encourage you not to be embarrassed by the need to look for guidance and advice, but especially from a trusted Catholic professional. I highly recommend to you the counselors of Rejoice Ministries.  They are trained and trusted.  They WILL help you, not only by knowing when a helmet is needed for the bumps and bruises, but also when its time to allow life to touch you in tenderness and love.”

-Fr. Mario Arroyo, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Cyril of Alexandria /
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

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

Gary Russell; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Gary Russell; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor Student Intern

Meet Gary

Gary is a graduate intern working towards a Master of Arts in Counseling at Houston Baptist University. He expects to graduate in December 2019 and become a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern shortly thereafter. He is currently gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors. He receives supervision from Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. In counseling, Gary can address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, addictions, emotional abuse, divorce trauma and recovery, parenting, and authentic masculinity from a Christian perspective. He works with adults, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Locations 

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Off-site Counselors

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Parish Counselor

Janet Sturtz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker 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 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.

Locations / Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston

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 Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC Intern; Supervised by 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 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

Counseling Hours Onsite at St. Cyril / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays, morning-evening options (English)
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays, morning-evening options (Español con Lucelly Torres)

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Saturday

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our locations. Appointments are available Monday thru Friday. Contact us for details.
  • 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 St. Cyril parishioners will be able to use a sliding scale. Your discount is determined by your annual household income and family size. The pastor is committed to making sure all parishioners can receive counseling even if they are unable to pay. Contact us for details.
  • La tarifa por consejería de salud mental se basa en una escala de descuentos. Todos los feligreses de San Cyril 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 contact form below or call Rejoice Counseling Apostolate toll-free at (844) 295-3167. Please mention you are a parishioner at St. Cyril's.