Welcome – Your Journey to Joy Begins Here!

We want you to celebrate your life. But we understand that emotional pain and broken relationships can steal your joy.  So, if you are in need of professional counseling for emotional, psychological, or relationship healing then you have come to the right place. As Catholic counselors, we will journey with you towards healing, stronger relationships, and the true joy that comes from our Loving God.

 

Meet the Rejoice Counselors serving Greater Houston

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 Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor. 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, Houston
St. Mary's Seminary, Houston

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. Michael the Archangel, Houston
St. Theresa, Memorial Park, Houston

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Janet Sturtz, MA, MSW, LCSW-S

Virtual 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 y 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.

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:

Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Spring
St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Hempstead
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

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

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

Parish Counselor

Meet Liz

Liz Bencivengo is an LPC Associate and LMFT 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 LMFT 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.

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Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. John the Baptist, Alvin

Lauren Guido, MS, LMFT Associate, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Lauren Guido, MS, LMFT Associate, LPC Associate; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Lauren

Lauren Guido is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who earned a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. 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. In counseling, Lauren can address depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addictions, emotional abuse, relationships, marriage and family life, and more. Read full bio.

Location

Christ the Redeemer, Houston

Samantha Tavares, M.Ed.; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Samantha Tavares, M.Ed.; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Parish & School Counselor

Meet Samantha

Samantha earned a Master of Education in Counseling and Development with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling at Lamar University. She currently serves as a Parish Counselor at St. Bartholomew and a Counselor for students and families of St. John XXIII College Preparatory School in Katy.

Samantha obtuvo una Maestría en Educación en Consejería y Desarrollo con una especialización en Matrimonio, Parejas y Consejería Familiar en Lamar University.  Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. John XXIII College Preparatory, Katy

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 

Holy Rosary, Downtown Houston
Most Holy Trinity, Angleton
St. Joseph, Downtown Houston

Cindy Contreras, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Cindy Contreras, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Cindy

Cindy is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Cindy es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Theresa Catholic Church, Houston

 

Guadalupe Fajardo, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Guadalupe Fajardo, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Guadalupe

Guadalupe is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Guadalupe es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias. Read Guadalupe's full bio

Locations Localizada en:

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Houston
St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble

Michelle Miller, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Michelle Miller, MS, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Michelle

Michelle is an LPC Associate with an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Thomas. She counsels adolescents, adults, couples and families.

Michelle es LPC Asociada y completó una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de St. Thomas. Ella tiene experiencia aconsejando a niños, adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias. Read Michelle's full bio

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston

 

Laurel Fauster, PhD(cand), LMFT

Laurel Fauster, PhD(cand), LMFT

Virtual Counselor

Meet Lea

Lea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist completing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice (2013) at Sam Houston State University and an M.S. in Psychology (2016) at Our Lady of the Lake University. Read Lea’s full bio

Monica Hildebrand, MS, LPC Associate; Supervised by Julie Nicodemus Jones, PhD, LPC-S

Monica Hildebrand, MS, LPC Associate; Supervised by Julie Nicodemus Jones, PhD, LPC-S

Virtual Counselor

Meet Monica

Monica Hildebrand is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and holds an M.S. in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Divine Mercy University in Sterling, Va. She counsels individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children. Monica is a trauma-informed counselor with competence in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, group therapy, marriage and relationship distress, play therapy, and spirituality. As a certified Spiritual Director, she easily integrates faith with counseling. Read full bio.

Ashley Hernandez, MS, LMFT-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Ashley Hernandez, MS, LMFT-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Virtual Counselor

Meet Ashley

Ashley Frech Hernandez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate and Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. She earned her M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Our Lady of the Lake University and a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Ashley has experience working as a counselor in catholic schools and at crisis pregnancy centers. She has served both youth and adults in individual, couple, and family settings. She has walked with clients as they navigate through life’s most difficult challenges: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, relational discord, and more. Read full bio.

Barry Horn; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Barry Horn; Supervised by Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Barry

Barry is currently a graduate student at Lamar University in their Counseling and Development-Family, Couples, and Marriage program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Texas Tech University. Barry has served diverse, underrepresented populations for over five years in a community college setting. Through helping community college students, he recognized the need for mental health support within his community. Barry is committed to serving others through counseling. Read his bio here.

Locations

Christ the Redeemer, Houston

Kenneth Anicete; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Kenneth Anicete; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Kenneth

Kenneth Anicete is a mental health counseling student studying at Divine Mercy University. As a former seminarian, he received his Bachelor of Philosophy and Theological Studies from St. Joseph Abbey Seminary College in Covington, Louisiana. Read his bio here.

Locations

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring
Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Raquel Shaw; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Raquel Shaw; Supervised by Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Raquel

Raquel is a graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Houston, where she's training for excellence in professional skill development, theoretical knowledge, personal disposition, and cross-cultural awareness.

Raquel es una estudiante de nivel de maestría que estudia Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental en la Universidad de Houston. Obtuvo una licenciatura en Artes de la Universidad de Houston con especialización en Psicología con una especialización en Desarrollo Humano y Estudios Familiares. Read her bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy

Fr. Peter Damian Harris, OP; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Fr. Peter Damian Harris, OP; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Fr. Peter Damian

Fr. Peter Damian Marie Harris, OP, is a Dominican priest who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and currently serves as Pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate practicum student working towards a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. Read his full bio

Location

St. Joseph, Downtown Houston

Jairo Suarez; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Jairo Suarez; Site Supervisor: Laura Aguirre, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Jairo

Jairo is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at University of St. Thomas. He has experience as a practicum student in private practice working with families and individuals on topics like parenting, domestic violence education, processing trauma, and anger management.

Jairo es estudiante de posgrado en el Programa de Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental de University of St. Thomas. Read his bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer, Houston
St. Jerome, Houston

Maria Chavez; Site Supervisor: Lea Fauster, PhdD(cand), LMFT

Maria Chavez; Site Supervisor: Lea Fauster, PhdD(cand), LMFT

Practicum Student

Meet Maria

Maria is a graduate student in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Abilene Christian University. She enjoys collaborating with individuals, families, and couples struggling with communication issues, addictions, behavioral problems, grief, anxiety, and depression.

María es una estudiante de posgrado en el programa de Terapia Matrimonial y Familiar de Abilene Christian University. Read full bio

Locations Localizada en:

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy
St. Frances Cabrini, Houston

Tami Ceaser; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Tami Ceaser; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Tami

Tami is a graduate student in the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling Program at Houston Baptist University. She has worn multiple hats in the healthcare industry for over 20 years and most recently worked in Education within the public school system. Read full bio

Locations

St. John the Baptist, Alvin
St. Michael the Archangel, Houston

Ayo Agnes Akinola; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Ayo Agnes Akinola; Site Supervisor: Larry Freeney, PhD(cand), LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Ayo

Ayo is currently a graduate student at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in the Counseling – Marriage, Couples and Family program.  A registered nurse, Ayo earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration in 2006 from Texas Southern University. Read bio here.

Locations

St. Cyril of Alexandria, Houston

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See Our Locations Near You

Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community: Parish Counseling

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church 5356 11th Street Katy, TX 77493

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church 10503 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX  77042

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Jerome Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

St. Theresa in Memorial Park: Parish Counseling

St. Katharine Drexel, Hempstead: Parish Counseling

Holy Rosary Catholic Church: Parish Counseling

3617 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002

It was reassuring to have our counselor lead us in prayer.

Rejoice Client

Houston

Real people, Real results.

When I started seeing my counselor at Rejoice Counseling Apostolate I felt lost. After my sessions, I felt like I had been given direction and a lot of support.

Rejoice client

Houston