Parishioners of St. Theresa,

Welcome to your Parish Counseling Services page

At Rejoice Counseling Apostolate, we want you to celebrate the gift of life; but we understand that emotional pain and broken relationships can steal your joy. As Catholic counselors, we accompany people in their times of greatest need. So, whether you are broken, feel bound, or fear the breakdown of relationships, we are here to journey with you in a spirit of faith and solidarity.

As we begin our partnership with St. Theresa’s, our onsite Parish Counselor will specifically work with engaged couples, offer parishioner support groups throughout the year, and support Fr. Phil in his pastoral care of his flock. 

We are not currently offering counseling for parishioners onsite at the parish; however, you are welcome to meet with one of our counselors at another location. Fill out our contact form below or call us for details.

“Solidarity in Christ: Let no one walk alone” is challenging. We are not used to the word “solidarity” because it is layered over in our present time with strong political overtones. Our parish community understands “solidarity” as it comes to us in Catholic social doctrine – not as a political position, goal or code. Rather, solidarity is about love, connection, relationship and belonging as grounded in the life, teaching and ministry of Jesus Christ as given to us in the Gospels. Solidarity is a way to reflect the nature of the Holy Trinity and who we are being called to be as disciples of Christ, who chose to live in solidarity with us.

-Rev. Phil Lloyd, Pastor

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.

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Theresa

On-site Counselor

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. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Theresa, Memorial Park, Houston

Off-site Counselors who are nearby

Gary Russell, MA, LPC, LCDC

Gary Russell, MA, LPC, LCDC

Parish Counselor

Meet Gary

Gary is a Licensed Professional Counselor 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
St. Michael Catholic Church, Houston

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

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

Parish Counselor

Meet Liz

Liz Bencivengo holds 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 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

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

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:

Virtual only

Counseling Hours Onsite at St. Theresa 

  • Your onsite Parish Counselor, Larry Freeney, will be working with engaged couples and offering support groups on Thursdays

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Saturday

  • If you need individual, marriage, or family counseling, you can schedule an appointment with any of our professional counselors at our other parish locations or virtually. Appointments are available Monday thru Saturday. Contact us for details.

Fee

  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners will be able to use a sliding scale. Your discount is determined by your annual household income and family size.

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. Theresa's.