St. Jerome Catholic Community,

Welcome to your personalized Parish Counseling Page!

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate is excited to begin providing professional counseling services onsite at your parish. As Catholic counselors, we bring the gift of faith into every counseling session. We work with individuals, couples, parents, and families—and we look forward to working with you. If you are in need of hope, healing, new strength, or guidance in life, then we are here to journey with you in counseling.

Read below to learn about the Catholic counseling services that are available for parishioners and families of the parish school, and then contact us. We want to journey with you to joy—to the true joy that comes from our loving God!

– Chris Stravitsch, Executive Director


“At St. Jerome we all share the mission of serving God in a spirit of generosity and caring for one another with the compassion of Christ. If you are going through a struggle in life and would like to meet with a counselor, we are here for you. We work closely with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate in order to bring healing, rebuild marriages, and strengthen families throughout our parish.”

– Msgr. Dan Scheel, Pastor

Counselors serving the parishioners of St. Jerome Catholic Community

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)

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 Counselor

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)

Onsite Counseling Hours at St. Jerome

  • Thursdays, 12:30pm-3:30pm (Chris Stravitsch, LPC, LMFT)
  • Thursdays, 5:00pm-9:00pm (Nick LaRocca, LPC Intern)

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 parishioners and families of St. Jerome Catholic Church will be able to use a sliding scale. Your fee is determined by your annual household income and family size. We are committed to ensuring 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 St. Jerome Catholic Church.

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