Parishioners of St. Cyril of Alexandria,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling page!

If you are looking for help in counseling or need guidance for your marriage and family, then you are in the right place. Professional counseling services are provided onsite to parishioners by highly skilled Catholic counselors who are part of Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. Read below to learn more details about counseling for parishioners. And then contact us at (832) 900-2082 so we can hear what you need and discuss how we can help.

“One of my parishioners often says, “Life is Tough, Get a Helmet.”  While I have always found the advice to be humorous, it is also extremely true.  None of us can go through life without the emotional bumps and bruises that our closest relationships entail.  Our Catholic faith allows us to find meaning and direction as we cope with the many issues that life presents.  Just exactly how to connect the very real situations of life, the teachings of Our Lord, and practical advice is, however, not always extremely clear. 

“That’s where a good counselor can really help.  Being able to speak to a trained and faith-filled professional can often be the very heart of the life direction that we are seeking.   I know that in my own life, the help of a counselor that I can trust to help me through the many confusing feelings and decisions of life has, on many occasions, been of great value to me.  I encourage you not to be embarrassed by the need to look for guidance and advice, but especially from a trusted Catholic professional. I highly recommend to you the counselors of Rejoice Ministries.  They are trained and trusted.  They WILL help you, not only by knowing when a helmet is needed for the bumps and bruises, but also when its time to allow life to touch you in tenderness and love.”

-Fr. Mario Arroyo, Pastor

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)

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.

Off-site Counselors

Available at other locations

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)

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)

Onsite Counseling with Chris Stravitsch, LPC, LMFT

  • Tuesdays, 12:30pm – 5:30pm

Offsite Counseling: Available Monday-Friday

  • Parishioners can also schedule appointments with any of our professional counselors at any of our locations. Appointments are available Monday thru Friday. Contact us for details.


  • The fee for professional counseling is based on a sliding scale. All St. Cyril parishioners will be able to use a sliding scale. Your discount is determined by your annual household income and family size. Father Mario is committed to making sure all parishioners can receive counseling even if they are unable to pay. Contact us for details.

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. Cyril's.

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