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Get to know us and how we can help you…
We’ve built a team of compassionate and talented mental health professionals, each with their unique strengths. The 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 ongoing study, supervision, and consultation in order to keep on the cutting edge of mental healthcare research and practice.
Our approach is as simple as this: we support our clinicians so we can better support you.
Robert Agnoli, LCSW, CPAIP, Clinical Director
Bob graduated with his MSW in 1992 from Loyola University of Chicago with his Master 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 board’s 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.
Jennifer Kotecki MA, LPC, RBT
Jennifer Kotecki obtained her master’s degree in clinical counseling and art therapy from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois and currently works at The Community House as a Clinical Counselor and Art Therapist for the Creative Connections program. Jennifer has also worked at Little Friends Center for Autism as Counselor, Art, and ABA therapist. Jennifer brings to the position an ability to add creativity and therapeutic insight to the role of a Registered Behavioral Therapist with her training as an Art and Therapist and Clinical Counselor.
Jennifer’s previous role was with Family Shelter Service. While working at Family Shelter Service, Jennifer worked with the needs of children of all ages who had experienced trauma by witnessing Intimate Partner Violence. Her responsibilities were varied and ranged from deescalating children when heightened, helping them learn to express their feelings, and learning anger management. Also, Jennifer lead 3 six-week sessions of creative art expression groups, teaching children about domestic violence, and creating and leading an open art studio for the children and their mothers. Jennifer worked both individually, with families, in small groups, and milieu settings throughout the shelter as well as walk-in services. Jennifer is also working as a handwriting specialist and currently certified through Handwriting Without Tears.
Over the past four years, Jennifer has volunteered for Buddy Break/Fusion at Good Shepherd Church in Naperville. This organization provides one on one buddies to those children with Autism so that their parents can take a three-hour period to run the errands they need to run while volunteers provide a safe, happy environment for their children.
Emily Cotto, LSW
Emily graduated from Aurora University with a master’s degree in social
work. Emily has a wide range of experience helping children, adolescents, and adults work through depression, anxiety, and relationship challenges as well as grief.
Additionally, Emily has helped individuals navigate both the child
welfare and criminal justice systems and has provided case management services to people in need of medical and housing benefits. Emily also has experience facilitating small groups for adults working through everyday stressors and for elementary and middle school students as they strengthen social and behavioral skills.
Emily leads her work according to the needs of the client and, utilizing active listening and empathy, strives to create a safe, trusting therapeutic environment.
Lydia King, LSW
Lydia is a licensed social worker who graduated from Aurora University with a Master’s degree in social work with a concentration on mental health and healthcare. Lydia’s experience ranges from community mental health, inpatient psychiatric treatment, inpatient medical treatment, residential treatment, and care management.
She has experience working with all age ranges from childhood to adulthood, as well as
bereavement experience. She also has an expertise working with adolescents and young adults who struggle with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Additionally, she has extended experience in providing individual therapy alongside a specialized eating disorder treatment team.
Lydia uses an integrative therapy model to meet the client on an individual basis. She
empowers her clients to create a collaborative therapeutic environment to meet their