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.

Find out more

We would be glad to provide you with more information about our Counseling and Telehealth Services. Simply call us at 605-348-6086 during our regular working hours or you can 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


    James T. Kinyon, MS, LPC-MH, LMFT, QMHP

    Executive Director and Counseling Director

    See Jim's Bio

    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.

  • Jennifer Mayforth

    Jennifer Mayforth, MS, LPC-Supervisee

    Outpatient Therapist

  • 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.

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    Kayla Rounds

    Counseling Intern

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    Erika Kling

    Counseling Intern