Cynthia Anderson

Cynthia Anderson

Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Counseling Program
College of Education
Department of Counseling, Bilingual Education, and Educational Leadership
MB 3241

Dr. Cynthia Anderson is an assistant professor of counseling for the College of Education and serves as clinical coordinator for the UTPB Counseling Department. Dr. Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, and Certified School Counselor. Her experiences in public schools and private practice have led her to the treatment of children and teens via tele-play therapy. She’s a published author, and her most recent work was published in the International Journal of Play Therapy for her work on professional development in play therapy among counselors. Dr. Anderson believes strongly in service to the community.


Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Texas
Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor
Certified School Counselor, Texas 


  • (2020) PhD. Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP Accredited, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio Texas, Specialization: Play Therapy. Dissertation: Relationships between professional development in play therapy and attitudes, knowledge, and skills among counselors
  • (1996) M.Ed. Counseling, University of Houston-Victoria, Victoria, Texas
  • (1980) B.S.Ed. Guidance Studies, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
  • (1980) Texas General Studies, Blinn Jr. College, Brenham, Texas 

Research Interests

Research interests include the comfort and competency of counselors who counsel children and adolescents once they have graduated from counselor education programs, counselor preparedness counseling children, university training in play therapy, and play therapy programming.


Anderson, C. (2022). Professional development in play therapy among counselors. International Journal of Play Therapy, 31(3), 153-164.

Anderson, C. & Reyna-Vasquez, P. (2022). Creative activities in teleplay therapy with the teen brain in mind. Play Therapy Magazine,17(2), 24-28.