therapist spotlight

Therapist Spotlight: Matthew Bell

CCRC is proud to periodically spotlight one of our staff therapists so as to give you a chance to get to know their unique qualities and interests.  Today's spotlight is on Matthew Bell, MFT.


1. Do you have a certain therapeutic style, method, or model of therapy that you generally use?

I primarily utilize a mixture of Solution-Focused and Narrative therapy. My style, however, has continued to grow and develop over time as I have continued to be curious and open to unique individuals and stories I have had the pleasure to experience.

2. Why did you decide to become a therapist?

As the youngest of a twelve-child family, I have always been an observant person. I have always wondered how my impact could be perceived or furthered through my work and commitment to societal growth. I believe that individuals willing to value change on a small scale can lead to systemic empowerment.

3. If you were not a therapist, what would be your occupation? 

If I was not a therapist, I would be furthering my commitment to and involvement with sports. I played college football and have continued to either coach or train individuals with the goal in mind of furthering their abilities in the sport.

Matthew currently sees clients at our Northside & South Loop locations.  He can be reached by phone at  312-523-9567, and by email at

Therapist Spotlight: Taylor Pettway, AMFT

CCRC is proud to periodically spotlight one of our staff therapists so as to give you a chance to get to know their unique qualities and interests.  Today's spotlight is on Taylor Pettway, AMFT.


1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Taylor Pettway, born and raised in the South, specifically in Alabama and Georgia. I hold my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Creative Writing from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and my Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Additionally, I am a fellow with the New Writers’ Fellowship with Family Process, a creative writer, and provide case management and therapeutic services to foster and adoptive families as an IPS/MAC Clinician with Jewish Child and Family Services here in Chicago,

2. Do you have a specific focus or interest in your clinical work? 

Specifically, my areas of clinical focus include relational conflict, parenting and family sculpting with blended and single-parent families, men and women’s issues, intergenerational trauma, attachment, self-development, development, systemic racism and oppression, and mindfulness body practices. My current research is focused on the impact of intergenerational trauma in African American communities and culturally-nuanced healing through Integrative Systemic Therapy (IST). I am working towards my licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist here in Illinois and am certified by the Alabama Department of Education in Secondary English Language Arts Education, grades six through 12.

3. Where do you see yourself professionally over time? Do you have any particular goals as a therapist?

Professionally, it is my goal to place a mental health clinician in every existing community center in the Southeast region of the United States. I would like to provide holistic healing, such as mental and nutritional health, to disadvantaged communities and specifically communities of color. Currently, I am developing my skills as a community consultant and exploring communal healing within the Chicagoland area and Chicago Park Districts.

4. How do you think change happens?

The change that we all seek lies within our stories being validated and understood. Once we feel witnessed to and connected, it is easier to accept collaboration with others to improve our individual conditions and realities.

5. Do you have any favorite books or movies or music? Why those in particular?

I strive to be a lifelong learner and reader, two of my favorite books are Songs of Solomon by Toni Morrison and If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. Because Toni Morrison is a Black woman literary titan, Songs of Solomon continues her legacy of elegantly displaying the immense complexity of the Black woman and man experience. Also, though If You Come Softly is a young teen novel, Woodson intricately explores the intersections of race and love that provide necessary pieces of the blueprint for existing with our differences in today’s world.

Taylor currently sees clients at our South Loop and Northside locations.  

She can be reached by phone at 312-375-9664, and by email at



Therapist Spotlight: Christine Webster, AMFT

CCRC is proud to periodically spotlight one of our staff therapists so as to give you a chance to get to know their unique qualities and interests.  Today's spotlight is on Christine Webster, AMFT.


1. Why do you believe therapy is effective?

I believe that therapy is effective because I believe that people are naturally oriented to heal. But sometimes life can get in the way of that; whether it be stress, trauma, relational issues or your own coping mechanisms. As a therapist, I see part of my role as helping people identify these blocks and remove them so the natural drive for healing can come to the forefront. 

2. What is a relevant quote to your work? 

“Two truths approach each other. One comes from inside, the other from outside, and where they meet we have a chance to catch sight of ourselves.” -Tomas Transformer

I love this quote because it embodies the importance of the therapeutic relationship. I believe therapy should be collaborative, from start to a mutually agreed upon end. Our clients are experts on their own lives and experiences, while therapists have the training (and passion) to utilize our clients experiences for positive change and healing. We can try to be the outside truth that allows our clients to catch sight of themselves. 

3. Do you have a specific focus or interest in your clinical work?

I work with a wide range of issues impacting individuals and couples. I have ample experience in working with couples affected by infidelity or struggling with high levels of conflict in their relationships.  I also enjoy working with individuals who want to focus on forming or strengthening their relationships with others. 

4. If you were not a therapist, what would be your occupation?

I would have loved to work with books in some way. Either in publishing, as an editor or even as a librarian. I’ve had a lifelong love of books and it would be amazing to get to be surrounded by them on a daily basis.


Christine currently sees clients at our South Loop location.  

She can be reached by phone at 478-972-2477.