Meet our Counselors
John Olenyik, MDiv., LPC
Hi, I am John Olenyik. I am a mental health counselor for Catholic Social Services. I have been with CSS since March 1, 2019. Previously, I was a mental health counselor over in Wyoming for ten years. I came to CSS to be in Rapid City where my wife and I plan to retire. Before getting in to mental health work, I was a United Methodist pastor nearly 25 years. My approach to counseling is just that – I listen, I ask questions and then I counsel or give advice based upon my years of experience and my educational perspective. I approach the counseling experience as short term, solution based, meaning we identify the issue you want to work on, develop a plan of action and then get after it. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to get at the distorted thinking that might be causing you distress. I enjoy doing what I do and most folks say I am pretty good at it, so if you are seeking some help with your life, let’s get together and make things better.
Angela Banley, MA, LPC, QMHP
Angie Banley is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and received a Master’s degree in Counseling from Denver Seminary in 2008. Her background includes working with teenagers in a therapeutic treatment program and as an outpatient addictions counselor. In addition to working with clients in the Rapid City office, she will also be providing services in the Spearfish office as well as in Pine Ridge. She enjoys working with all ages of clients and offers help for anyone struggling with grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, and relationships.
James T. Kinyon, MS, LPC-MH, LMFT, QMHP
Jim Kinyon, executive director, earned his Master’s in Counseling from SDSU in 1990. He has been the executive director at Catholic Social Services since 1992. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPC-MH) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Because of his administrative duties, his counseling time is limited, but his passion for helping marriages is still strong. Jim leads workshops on Marriage as a Mission, Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Boundaries and Conflict Resolution, Personalities in the Workplace, and Poverty and Justice in SD. He also facilitates retreats such as Marriage Matters, Men’s Spirituality, and Reflections on Michelangelo’s Art and Life.