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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. Read full bio

Location

St. Mary's Seminary, Houston

Dr. Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD, LPC

Dr. Larry Freeney, Jr., PhD, LPC

Director of Education & Assessments

Meet Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Sam Houston State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Christianity and a Master of Arts in Counseling at Houston Baptist University. Read Dr. Larry’s full bio

Locations

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring
St. Theresa, Memorial Park, Houston

Liz Bencivengo, MS, LPC, LMFT

Liz Bencivengo, MS, LPC, LMFT

Parish Counselor

Meet Liz

Liz Bencivengo is an LPC and LMFT 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 y LMFT 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 Localizada en:

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

Kathy Garza, M.Ed., LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Kathy Garza, M.Ed., LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Kathy

Kathy is an LPC Associate with an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from University of Texas-Austin and a B.A. in Bilingual Education from University of Houston-Clear Lake. She is also credentialed as a mediator through Travis County Dispute Resolution Center.

Kathy es LPC Asociada y obtuvó una Maestría de Educación en Sicología Educativa de la Universidad de Texas en Austin y también obtuvó una Licenciatura en la Educación Bilingüe de la Universidad de Houston en Clear Lake. Tiene la credencial de mediadora por El Centro de Resolver Disputas del Condado Travis. Read full bio

Locations / Localizada en:

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress
St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy
St. Katharine Drexel, Hempstead

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. Ambrose Catholic Church, Houston
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston
St. Theresa Catholic Church, 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.

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

Melissa Abraham, LCSW

Melissa Abraham, LCSW

Virtual Counselor

Meet Melissa

Melissa Abraham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Baylor University. 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 

Virtual only

Barry Horn, MEd, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Barry Horn, MEd, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Parish Counselor

Meet Barry

Barry is an LPC Associate with an M.Ed. in Counseling and Development: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Lamar University, and a B.A. in Sociology from Texas Tech University. He enjoys journeying with clients to find alignment with their faith, education, career, family, and marriage.. Read his bio here.

Location

Christ the Good Shepherd, Spring

Jairo Suarez, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Jairo Suarez, LPC-A; Supervised by Dr. Chris Stravitsch, DMin, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Meet Jairo

Jairo is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate who earned an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at University of St. Thomas. He enjoys counseling adolescents, adults, couples and families in areas like parenting, domestic violence education, processing trauma, anger management, self-esteem, and grief.

Jairo es un consejero licensiado profesional asociado con una Maestría en Consejería Clínica de Salud Mental obtenido de la Universidad de Santo Thomas. Jairo tiene experiencia aconsejando adolescentes, adultos, parejas y familias en áreas como crianza de los hijos, educación sobre violencia doméstica, procesamiento de traumas, manejo de la ira, autoestima y duelo. Read his bio here.

Locations Localizada en:

Laetare Group office, Katy

Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S

Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S

Meet Dr. Barboza

Dr. Barboza is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor. She earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Utah State University, and as a clinician she supports individuals, couples, and families in their journeys towards peace and healing. Her approach to therapy is informed by the latest advancements in trauma healing which foster resilience through emotion regulation, meaning-making, and interpersonal resolutions. She is a published author, accomplished speaker, and respected researcher in the field of family bereavement therapy. Read full bio

Location

Laetare Group office, Katy

 

Dr. Laurel Fauster, PhD, LMFT-S

Dr. Laurel Fauster, PhD, LMFT-S

Site Supervisor

Meet Dr. Lea

Dr. Lea is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor who earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. She has 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. Dr. Lea is one of our site supervisors for students. Read her full bio

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

Gabriel Gonzalez | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Gabriel Gonzalez | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Gabriel

Gabriel Gonzalez is a graduate student at Houston Christian University, pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is supervised by Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S. He earned his undergraduate degree in Religion from Saint Leo University.

Read his bio here.

Location

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress

Jhoeli Vasquez | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Jhoeli Vasquez | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Jhoeli

Jhoeli is a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas - Houston and is supervised by Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC. Currently she is pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Read her bio here.

Location

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress

Samantha “Sam” Allen | Site Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S

Samantha “Sam” Allen | Site Supervisor: Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S

Practicum Student

Meet Samantha

Sam is currently a graduate student at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas in the Counseling – Marriage, Couples and Family program and is supervised by Dr. Jessica Barboza, PhD, LMFT-S. She has had the honor of working with students, couples, and families through her service as a public-school teacher and Director of Religious Education.

Read her bio here.

Location

Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Jennifer Walcik | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Jennifer Walcik | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer is a graduate student at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in Clinical Mental Health and Counseling and is supervised by Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC. She also holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of St. Thomas with a focus on cognitive development.

Read her bio here.

Location

St. Ignatius of Loyola, Spring

Katie Villarreal | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Katie Villarreal | Site Supervisor: Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC

Practicum Student

Meet Katie

Katie is a graduate student at Divine Mercy University, pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is supervised by Dr. Larry Freeney, PhD, LPC. She completed her undergraduate studies in political science at Texas A&M University.

Read her bio here.

Location

St. Bartholomew the Apostle, Katy

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See Our Locations Near You

Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community, Spring

Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Angleton

St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Houston

St. Ambrose Catholic Church 4213 Mangum Rd, Houston, TX 77092, USA

St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, Katy

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

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, Houston

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

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, Spring

St. Jerome Catholic Church, Houston

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Alvin

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Humble

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Houston

Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, The Woodlands

Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, Cypress

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Houston

St. Theresa in Memorial Park, Houston

St. Katharine Drexel, Hempstead

St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, North Richland Hills

St. John the Apostle Catholic Church 7341 Glenview Dr, North Richland Hills, TX 76180

Dallas-Fort Worth Office

10300 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231

Laetare Group office @ LaCenterra, Katy

St. Faustina Catholic Church

28102 Farm to Market 1093, Fulshear, TX 77441

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