St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is pleased to offer professional counseling services to parishioners of St. Michael’s. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can journey with you through numerous challenges you may want to overcome. And we will always bring the Catholic faith into the work 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.

– Dr. Chris Stravitsch, President

“In response to the need for Catholic Christian counsel, we have partnered with Rejoice Parish Counseling to provide healing and hope to our parishioners who experience suffering in their lives. By enhancing our pastoral care plan with their Parish Counseling Services, I have been privileged to witness a restoration of faith and families as they begin to weave healing into their daily lives–knowing that in this ministry God is truly present as Healer of our every ill.”

– Fr. Wayne Wilkerson, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church

On-Site Counselors

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

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

Off-Site Counselors Available Nearby

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

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 Counseling Associate

Meet Gary

Gary is a Parish Counseling Associate who recently completed a Master of Arts in Counseling at Houston Baptist University and has applied to become an LPC Intern in Texas. He gained professional counseling experience in our Practicum & Internship Student Program from January-August 2019 and will continue to serve on our parish counseling team. 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

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

Onsite Counseling

  • Thursdays: afternoon & evening (Lauren Guido)
  • Fridays: morning & afternoon (Larry Freeney)

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. Michael the Archangel 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. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.