St. Jerome Catholic Community,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is excited to begin providing professional counseling services onsite at your parish. As Catholic counselors, we bring the gift of faith into every counseling session. We work with individuals, couples, parents, and families—and we look forward to working with you. If you are in need of hope, healing, new strength, or guidance in life, then we are here to journey with you in counseling.

Read below to learn about the Catholic counseling services that are available for parishioners and families of the parish school, and then contact us. We want to journey with you to joy—to the true joy that comes from our loving God!

– Dr. Chris Stravitsch, President

 

“At St. Jerome we all share the mission of serving God in a spirit of generosity and caring for one another with the compassion of Christ. If you are going through a struggle in life and would like to meet with a counselor, we are here for you. We work closely with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate in order to bring healing, rebuild marriages, and strengthen families throughout our parish.”

– Msgr. Dan Scheel, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Jerome Catholic Community

On-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. 

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.

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

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. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin

Off-Site Counselors available for parishioners

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

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

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

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

Onsite Counseling Hours at St. Jerome

  • Thursdays – morning, afternoon, evening

Offsite Counseling (Available Monday-Friday)

  • 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.

Fee

  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners and families of St. Jerome Catholic Church 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.

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. Jerome Catholic Church.