St. Jerome Catholic Community,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Services 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!

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

Meeting with your Parish Counselor remotely is still an option.

Given the importance of current COVD-19 precautions, many counseling sessions are still being offered via video and phone. We are also offering a limited amount of face-to-face counseling sessions as more parishes re-open. Contact us to discuss your scheduling options.

 

“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 / Consejeros disponibles

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. 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:

St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

 

Claudia Calero-Osborn; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Claudia Calero-Osborn; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor Associate

Meet Claudia

Claudia Calero-Osborn is a Parish Counselor Associate with a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria in Katy. She is a Certified School Counselor and is working to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.

Claudia Ariana Calero-Osborn es Consejera Parroquial Asociada con una Maestría en Educación en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental de la Universidad de Houston-Victoria en Katy. Ella es una Consejera Escolar Certificada y está trabajando para convertirse en una Consejera Profesional con licencia temporal y Terapeuta de Matrimonios y Familias con licencia temporal. 

Read Claudia's full bio

Locations: Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer, Houston
St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Jerome, Houston

Off-Site Counselors available for parishioners

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

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

Parish Counselor

Meet Gary

Gary is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. He completed a Master of Arts in Counseling at Houston Baptist University. As a parish counselor, Gary can address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, substance and behavioral addictions, emotional abuse, marital healing and enrichment, divorce distress and recovery, parenting, and authentic masculinity from a Catholic perspective. He works with adults, youth, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Locations 

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Downtown Houston

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW

Parish Counselor

Meet Janet

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, Houston
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC

Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD (cand.), LPC

Parish Counselor

Meet Larry

Larry is a Licensed Professional Counselor completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Sam Houston State University. 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

Allison Woolford; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Allison Woolford; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

LCDC Intern; Parish Counselor Associate

Meet Allison

Allison Woolford graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through the University of West Alabama. She is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. Read Allison's full bio

Locations

Virtual only

Onsite Counseling Hours at St. Jerome / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

  • Mondays  afternoon and evening
  • Lunes

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. Jerome 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 Jerome 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. Mention you are a parishioner at St. Jerome Catholic Church.