Counseling Services

No person should live a life burdened by depression, grief, anxiety, relationship problems, or any of life’s stressors without having a support system to go to for support and guidance. Fortunately, Catholic Social Services of Rapid City offers top-notch counseling services to those in need throughout Rapid City, the Black Hills, and South Dakota. 

In Need of Immediate Assistance?

If you need immediate assistance, please dial 911, 211 (Helpline Center) or contact the 24-hour National Suicide Hotline by dialing 988.

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We would be glad to provide you with more information about our Counseling services such as accepted insurances, rates, and more. Call us at 605-348-6086 during our regular working hours or send us a message on our contact page.

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Get Started Today

Get started today by clicking the button below to create an online portal account and fill out the Client Application. Once the application is submitted we will contact you to finish the intake process and schedule your first appointment.

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Keys for Successful Counseling



Change can initially create some anxiety. It can push a person out of their comfort zone. During the counseling process, you may learn new ways of doing things, look at things from different perspectives, and challenge well-worn thinking patterns. This can take a great deal of energy, time, and courage. Courage has been defined as “the willingness to do something even if you are afraid.” The person with courage is willing to do what it takes. If you are willing to step out of your comfort zone with courage, you are on your way to reaching your counseling goals.



People tend to be impatient with the personal growth process. The counseling process requires commitment and patience. Real and lasting change takes time. The key to success in counseling is not only the willingness to start the process, but the commitment to stay on the journey.



The more you believe in something, the more likely you are to be successful at it. Having trust in your therapist and the therapy process is needed for healing to happen. Lack of trust in others can be an obstacle to therapy, or it can be the first item to address in the counseling process. Believing in yourself plus having faith in the process equals a much greater chance of success.

Meet Our Counselors

  • Jennifer Mayforth

    Jennifer Mayforth, MS, RPh, LPC, NCC

    Outpatient Therapist

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    Jennifer grew up in Aberdeen, SD then attended SDSU where she earned a degree in pharmacy. After working as a pharmacist in the Black Hills for decades she felt called to consider serving people in a more personal way and decided to pursue a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SDSU. After graduating, she chose to maintain her pharmacy license while shifting careers to counseling and is presently enjoying the transition as she walks out her values utilizing EMDR, Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy counseling theories. Loving people and developing genuine therapeutic relationships with her clients guides her day to day.

    In Jennifer’s spare time she enjoys reading, playing piano, and getting together with family and friends. She and her husband also love to travel and be outside camping, hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and biking. They raised their four kids in Rapid City and appreciate spending time with them, their spouses, and their dogs whenever they can.

  • John Olenyik

    John Olenyik, MDiv, LPS, QMHP

    Outpatient Therapist

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    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 in Wyoming for ten years. I came to CSS to be in Rapid City where my wife and I plan to retire. Before getting into mental health work, I was a United Methodist pastor for 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.

  • Erika Kling

    Erika Kling, MS, LPC-Supervisee

    Outpatient Therapist

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    Erika is a student at Chadron State College where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling while balancing working as a Counselor for Catholic Social Services. Raised in Spearfish, South Dakota, she attended Black Hills State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education. She parlayed that degree into teaching for a decade in grades K-12.

    An overwhelming calling to serve the community drove her to pursue the field of mental health and wellness. Her counseling practice utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy and person-centered therapy as well as acceptance and commitment therapy. Erika’s therapeutic style is collaborative, honest, warm and understanding. She believes every person has dignity, wisdom, and worth, and thus, views the therapy process as a collaboration between therapist and client.


    Counseling Intern

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    My name is Jon Petersen. I am the husband of my beautiful wife, Karen, and the father of our four incredible kids, Keziah (9), Joseph (6), Olivia (3), and Elijah (9mo). I am also a pastor with Bible Fellowship Church here in Rapid City. I have been in pastoral ministry for just over ten years, working predominately with youth, young couples, and families. I love young people. Just recently I joined the team at Catholic Social Services as a counseling intern.

    Several years ago, I felt the need and call to broaden my skills in pastoral counseling. Two years ago, I registered for classes and began studying with the Counseling and Human Resource and Development Program at South Dakota State University. When I started the program, I knew I would need to find a place to intern where I could maintain commitments both with my church as a pastor and with my personal faith and values. When I reached out to Catholic Social Services, I found just that. It is an honor to be part of the team here at CSS Rapid City.