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The core of Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC is our belief in family, values, and community.

Delivering Compassionate Care


Our mission is to help families stay connected by breaking the cycle of dysfunction and improving communication.

Services Offered

We offer a wide variety of therapeutic services to aid children, families, single adults, and couples in managing their most difficult life challenges.

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We are committed to helping families stay connected, improve communication, handle relationship issues, deal with familial dysfunctions,  and manage mental illness.

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Training Services

Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC believes in the power and advantages of both education and effective training.

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Who We Are

We strive to assist those who are experiencing challenges related to mental illness, co-occurring disorders, sexual abuse/trauma, domestic violence, addictions, and low self-esteem live a productive and happier life.


Dr. Bates-Duford’s work with couples includes pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, divorce mediation, re-marriage, blended families, compatibility assessments, helping couples develop the tools to communicate effectively, ‘fighting fair’, how to get past the affair, sexual challenges, rebuilding/enhancing intimacy, and dealing with the loss of a child. Parent training and support groups are also available to divorcing parents and those  struggling in their roles as parents.


Work with children includes behavior modification, play therapy (Lego and sand), pet therapy, socialization skills training, counseling surrounding parental divorce, loss of parent or sibling, aggressive behavior, self-esteem building, and managing peer pressure.

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Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford

CEO and Founder of Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC

Terri Allen

Director of Nursing Services

Irene Treadwell

Supervisor of Nursing Training Founder and CEO of Black Nurses Rock NYC

Bridgette Bates

Peer Mentor

Brooke Bates

Teen Activities Coordinator

At Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC we believe in the power of families and excellent mental health services. Our goal is to help families stay connected by teaching families healthy ways of improving communication, break familial dysfunctions, overcome trauma, and develop the skills and strategies needed.

Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford

CEO & Founder, Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC