Parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church, 

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is overjoyed to begin offering professional counseling services to parishioners, both onsite at St. Bart’s and offsite. 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.

Chris Stravitsch, Executive Director

“In response to the need for Catholic counseling, our parish has partnered with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate to provide healing and hope to those who experience suffering in their lives. We endeavor to strengthen marriages, individuals and families through this faith-based Catholic counseling ministry.

“I believe that professional counseling can be a great benefit by addressing a need to be healed and restored while implementing the Catholic faith, teachings and morals into the many complex issues we face today.”

-Father Christopher Plant

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle

On-Site Counselors

Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min.Cand., MA, LPC, LMFT

Christopher J. Stravitsch, D.Min.Cand., MA, LPC, LMFT

Meet Chris

Chris Stravitsch is the Executive Director and Founder of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned 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 (2006) and M.A. in Pastoral Ministry (2007). Chris oversees the counseling services that Rejoice Counseling Apostolate provides to Catholic parishes throughout the Greater Houston area and San Antonio. Read full bio


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 Intern

Nick LaRocca, M.Ed., LPC Intern

Supervisor: Nick Lopez, M.A., LPC-S

Meet Nick

Nick is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern, receiving off-site counselor supervision from Nick Lopez, M.A., LPC-S. 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


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

Off-Site Counselors

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


St. Michael Catholic Church (Houston) Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Community (Spring)

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


Derlyn will provide counseling onsite at St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Jerome, and Christ the Good Shepherd.

Counseling Hours Onsite at St. Bartholomew

    • Thursdays, 10am – 4pm (Nick LaRocca, MEd, LPC Intern)
    • Fridays, 8am – 12pm (Chris Stravitsch, D.Min.Candidate, LPC, LMFT)

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Friday

    • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our locations and still receive the parishioner discount. Appointments are available Monday thru Friday.


    • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All parishioners of St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. Contact us for details.

To request an appointment just complete the form below or call Rejoice Counseling Apostolate toll-free at (844) 295-3167. Please mention you are a parishioner at St. Bartholomew.

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