Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is overjoyed to begin offering professional counseling services to parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd. Through individual, marriage or family counseling we can journey with you through numerous challenges that you want to overcome. And we will always bring the Catholic faith into the work that 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

“The Vision Statement of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community is to ‘Build a community of love and hope by putting our faith into action.’ One of the ways that I believe we will be able to work toward this vision is by assisting the people of our parish to become more healthy. I am excited about partnering with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate.”

– Fr. James Burkart, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

On-Site Counselors

Derlyn Rhoades, MA, LPC Intern

Derlyn Rhoades, MA, LPC Intern

Supervisor: Julie Jones, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S

Meet Derlyn

Derlyn is a Licensed Profession Counselor Intern, receiving off-site supervision from Julie Jones PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S. She earned both her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2016) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2014) from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, Ohio. Read Derlyn’s full bio

Locations

St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church and Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC

Meet Linda

Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, and National Certified School Counselor. She earned her Masters in Counseling and Personal Development from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.
Read Linda’s full bio

Locations

Linda counsels parishioners onsite at Christ the Good Shepherd.

Off-Site Counselors

Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC, LMFT

Dr. Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min, LPC, LMFT

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. 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. Dr. 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 

St. Cyril of Alexandria (west Houston) St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Katy) St. Francis de Sales (Sharpstown) St. Jerome (west Houston)

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC

Meet Nick

Nick is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He earned a Master of Education in Counseling (2011) from The University of Houston-Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2005) while studying at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Additionally, Nick has attended graduate courses in Catholic Theology at the Augustine Institute in Denver. Read Nick’s full bio

Locations 

St. Bartholomew the Apostle (Katy) St. Jerome (west Houston)

Diane Nuar, MA, LPC

Diane Nuar, MA, LPC

Meet Diane

Diane Nuar is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston, a Master of Arts in Education from Abilene Christian University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from LeTourneau University. Read Diane’s full bio

Locations

St. Michael Catholic Church (Houston) & St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church (Houston)

Onsite Counseling

  • Mondays, 1-4pm and 6-8pm (Linda Refice Peters, MA, LPC, NCC, NCSC)
  • Tuesdays, 2-6pm (Derlyn Rhoades, MA, LPC Intern)

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Friday

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our other parish 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 Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. We want to ensure 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 Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

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