Parishioners of St. John the Baptist, learn about your Parish Counseling Services
¡Bienvenidas!

Our team of Parish Counselors is here to serve Catholic individuals, couples, and families across Alvin. We understand your parish strives to be a community of love through sharing, so we are ready to share our talents as professional counselors to bring healing, hope, and ultimately the joyful love of Christ. On this page you can learn about the counselors who are available to meet with you, see our office hours, and get in touch with us to schedule an appointment. We hope to hear from you soon!

Es nuestro agrado poder ofrecer servicios de consejería de salud mental a los feligreses, tanto en las instalaciones de St. John the Baptist 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.

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.

A great part of Jesus’s ministry deals with healing: physical, spiritual and social healing. All of these are still available in the Church through its various ministries and rituals. However, in keeping with the extreme complexity of our lives today more is needed to bring about healing, such as what is provided by professional counselors. Faith-based professional counseling services are sometimes difficult to gain access to, especially for a small town like Alvin.

Here is the good news. Beginning in July, our friends from Rejoice Counseling Apostolate will help us with this particular need. One of their Parish Counselors will be available at our Church office one day per week. I hope and pray that we can take advantage of this new ministry for the sake of our well being.

– Fr. John Taosan, Pastor

Parish Counselor serving the parishioners of St. John the Baptist / Consejeros disponibles

On-Site Parish Counselor

Liz Bencivengo, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Liz Bencivengo, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Liz

Liz Bencivengo is an LPC 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 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 

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Frances Cabrini, Houston
St. John the Baptist, Alvin

Additional Rejoice Counselors available to you

Melissa Abraham, LMSW; Supervised by Janet Sturtz, LCSW-S

Melissa Abraham, LMSW; Supervised by Janet Sturtz, LCSW-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Melissa

Melissa Abraham is a Licensed Master Social Worker who graduated from Baylor University and receives counseling supervision from Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S. She provides counseling and psychoeducation on topics such as grief, anxiety, addictions, depression, coping skills, women's issues, family relationships and more. She loves integrating Catholic faith with mental health. Read full bio.

Locations 

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Houston
Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

Guadalupe Fajardo; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Guadalupe Fajardo; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Parish Counselor Student Intern

Meet Guadalupe

Guadalupe Fajardo is a graduate practicum student working towards a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. She is currently gaining professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program, which aims to form the next generation of Catholic counselors.

Guadalupe Fajardo es una estudiante de la Universidad de St. Thomas-Houston que esta estudiando para obtener la maestria en Consejeria y Salud Mental. Read Guadalupe's full bio

Locations

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Houston

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

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

Parish Counselor

Meet Matt

Matthew Pici is an LPC-Associate with an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. He is under the supervision of Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S. Matthew is also a certified School Counselor in the State of Texas. He has worked as a Catholic school counselor, principal, campus minister, art teacher, and theology teacher. He counsels individuals, couples, and families. Read full bio.

Locations 

Virtual Only

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Parish 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.

Locations / Localizada en:

Virtual only

Onsite Counseling Hours / Disponibilidad de Consejeros

    • Tuesdays / Martes: 10:00am-7:00pm (English & Spanish) 

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Saturday

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our other parish locations. Appointments are available Monday thru Saturday. 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 parishioners 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 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.
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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. John the Baptist.