Kelly Matthews-Pluta, MSW

Kelly Matthews-Pluta, MSW became interested in Bowen Family Systems Theory when working at the Family Service Center in Wilmette, Illinois. Having worked in various social work fields, she found that the focus on family systems was an inclusive and intelligent way to practice psychotherapy.

Bowen Theory made sense to her in understanding families, as well as all natural systems, and in indicating how a clinician could apply theory in clinical practice. Anxiety, which is posited to be a significant factor in the concepts of Bowen theory, occurs in all living things, and can be managed to some extent in all living things. Kelly has found this broad perspective to be enlightening and liberating in her work with individuals, couples and families.

Kelly earned her MSW from Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago in 1996. She completed the Post-graduate Training Program at Center for Family Consultation in 2005. And she joined the CFC faculty in 2011. Kelly has worked in child welfare and in a residential program for adults with severe emotional illnesses. Since 2003 Kelly has been practicing family therapy using BFST. Kelly has made many presentations focused on Bowen Theory, to community members as well as clinicians.

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