The Counseling Center > Meet Our Staff
The Community House Counseling Center is unique among mental health clinics because we invest heavily in the ongoing professional development of our therapists. Each clinician is provided with regular, ongoing study, supervision, and consultation in order to keep on the cutting edge of mental healthcare research and practice. Supporting the clinical growth and professional development of our therapists is an investment in the betterment of our clients’ lives.
Robert Agnoli, LCSW, CPAIP, Clinical Director
Bob graduated with his MSW in 1992 from Loyola University of Chicago with his Masters of Social Work degree with a concentration in clinical social work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional with 25 years of experience in providing individual and family counseling and program administration at The Salvation Army Family and Community Services in Chicago.
His professional career has primarily focused on helping men address issues of healthy masculinity, productive relationships, and fatherhood. In 1998, he was a co-developer of the Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP), an Illinois approved program that addresses men’s use of violence towards their female partners. Because of his commitment to the domestic violence community he has served as a member of several local and national committees that address domestic violence services delivery and public policy. He served on the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals Board for six years and helped develop the professional credentialing exam for partner abuse intervention professionals. He served as the boards president for two years. He is currently a member of the Illinois Department of Human Services Partner Abuse Services Sub-Committee which is an advisory group for IDHS on the development and implementation of state standards for domestic violence programs and evaluates new program applications. In 2015 he helped develop the Fatherhood In Action Program, a federally funded program to help father’s in understanding their roles as fathers and helping to stabilize families through improving the relationship between the co-parents and assisting in improved economic stability through employment services. The Fatherhood Program runs in several community locations in Chicago including at Cook County Jail.
He is recognized as a leader in the field of batter intervention and has trained both locally and nationally on a variety of topics including domestic violence and religion, healthy masculinity, violence risk assessments, and ethical decision making.
Marija Lamas, MSW, LSW, Therapist
Marija is a licensed social worker and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master Degree in Social Work and a concentration in mental health. She has experience working with a variety of age groups with a particular expertise in working with adolescents and young adults. She commonly works with individuals who are experiencing depression or anxiety, struggling with self-esteem, having difficulty adjusting to change or a new stage of life, or experiencing conflict within a relationship. She also has extended experience supporting women through issues related to pregnancy such as pregnancy loss and perinatal or postpartum depression and anxiety.
Marija uses an integrative approach and seeks to tailor the counseling to meet the needs of the individual. She believes in creating a safe and collaborative environment and her goal is to support, encourage, and equip the individual as they journey towards healing and growth.
Ashley Deetjen, CADC, MSW, LSW, Partners Program Social Worker, Therapist
Ashley is a licensed social worker and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Ashley graduated from Aurora University with a Master Degree in Social Work and a concentration in addictions. She has experience working with a variety of age groups with an expertise in working with adolescents and young adults. Prior to getting her Masters Degree Ashley worked in residential treatment with teenagers in DCFS. She has always been passionate about the work she does and describes herself as a people person who enjoys helping those in need.
Ashley works with individuals and families and is hopeful to start doing groups in the near future. She is here to meet the client where they are at and be there to support, listen, advice and be a resource that people can depend on.