Cyndi Matthews

Clinical Assistant Professor

Cyndi Matthews

Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling


Ph.D., Texas A&M University - Commerce


SMU - East Campus
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 300
Dallas, TX 75206



Dr. Cyndi Matthews graduated with a PhD and Masters in Counseling and Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Matthews previously worked at the University of Louisiana Monroe and the University of North Texas at Dallas before coming to SMU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LPC-S) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with over 16 years' experience working with individuals, couples, and families. She is also a Cult Consultant who works with former cult members and their families from around the globe.

Dr. Matthews' research interests include religious/spiritual abuse along with its long-term effects and counseling best practices; counseling with LGBTQ+ individuals; and counseling individuals born and raised in religious cults. Her dissertation examined the long term effects of those born and raised in religious cults. She has published in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, and the International Journal of Cultic Studies.

She is a member of ACA, ASERVIC, ALGBTIC, CSJ, TCA, TxCSJ, TALGBTIC, TAMFC, and ICSA and currently serves on the ICSA and ALGBTIC boards.

Dr. Matthews' private practice specializes in Depression/Anxiety/Stress, LGBTQ+ Issues/Gender Identity, Addiction, Religious Abuse and Cult Recovery, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Sex Therapy, Premarital Counseling, Communication Skills, Crisis Management, and Relationship Effectiveness.

Dr. Matthews is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT), EMDR, Couples' Gottman (Levels I and II) and Couples' Imago therapy, Sandtray Therapy, Online Counseling, and Psychodrama.