Donald D. Matthews, Psy.D

As a educational therapist, certified cognitive coach and coaching psychologist, I seek opportunities to understand and support human growth, cognitive development and learning. In my work as a coach I strive to help  individuals enhance their self awareness and self efficacy beliefs through mindfulness and metacognitive thinking, positive psychology, education and self development.  Coaching is  different from medically-based therapeutic services like psychotherapy.  It begins with  goal setting to achieve desired educational or psychological outcomes. 

Coaching in its many forms is a solution focused approach to meeting goals, changing how we respond to challenges and to achieving desired outcomes.   It is appropriate for individuals who have been formally diagnosed with ADHD or other challenges related to executive functioning. Improving outcomes requires reducing or elminating barreris to success as well as developing effective skills and thinking strategies.  

I provide the following coaching services to individuals, groups and organizations: 

Academic Coaching • Cognitive Behavioral Coaching • ADHD and Executive Functions Coaching • Social Skills Coaching •Trauma-Informed Coaching • Resilience and Wellness Coaching • Parent Coaching • Career Coaching • Disability Coaching • Consultation, Advocacy, and Psychoeducation. 


Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D) – Touro University, 2017  

Master of Arts degree in Education, (M.A.Ed.), Touro University – California, 2008

Graduate Certificate in Educational Therapy, University of California, Berkeley 2006

Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, New College of California, San Francisco 1991

Allied Health Sciences, Fullerton College, California 1978-1982

Training, Memberships and Professional Affiliations

AET - Association of Educational Therapists, 2006 - 2013

APA – American Psychological Association, Division 15 – Educational Psychologists,  2014 - present - Affiliate

ATI - Arizona Trauma Institute - Certified Trauma Support Specialist (2022)

CCTC - California Commission on Teacher Credentialing - 1991- present.  - Multiple Subjects Credential and Education Specialist - Mild/Moderate Disabilities

FSU - Florida State University - Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience - Level 1 

IBCCES - International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards - 2022  - Certified Cognitive Coach  -  #CCC22817595

ILCT - Institute for Life Coaching Training - Cognitive Behavioral Coaching

ISCP - International Society of Coaching Psychology - Affiliate

Articles, Publications, Websites

Autonomy and Motivation: The Keys to Successful Learning and Goal Attainment -

Mindset Practices for Wellness and Wellbeing -

Neuroplasticity -

Mindful Breathing Institute - website

Mindful Breathing - ebook or paperback

Mindful Self Care - ebook or paperback

Mindfulness for Beginners - website

Metacognitive Thinking - website

Trauma Informed Practices: Teaching Self Regulation through Mindfulness -

Trauma Informed Teaching Practices - American Psychological Association - Practice Brief - October 2022

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