Family Matters Counseling Group LLC
Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford
I am a Forensic Psychologist & Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapist
Dr. Bates-Duford has engaged in extensive work and research on familial relationships, family trauma, and dysfunctions. She is known for her work with traumatic experience and symptom re-emergence.  With nearly 20 years in the field of behavioral sciences she has been instrumental in her work with stabilizing families, helping individuals and families navigate the challenges of mental illness, as well as victims of abuse/ trauma reprocess the memory of the trauma in a manners that no longer paralyzes nor interferes with daily functioning.  She is an accomplished author of childrens books covering topics such as, conduct disorder, ADHD, parenting a child with special needs, and trauma.

Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford has extensive experience as a separation and divorce mediator. She also has had many years of experience as a therapist working with couples and families. Dr. Bates-Duford has  earned the distinct designation as a Certified Relationship Specialist with Diplomate Status (advanced standing). Her experience and extensive research on relationships has earned her the distinct recognition as a relationship expert with American Psychotherapy Association (very few mediators have achieved this status).

In addition to providing mental health treatment , staff trainings, and consultation, Family Matters Counseling Group LLC also provides mental health and relationship advice via our blog site Love, Lust, & Fantasies. You can access our blog  by clicking the button on the bottom right side of the page. You can follow Dr. Bates-Duford for weekly mental health information and advice as it pertains to both familial and romantic relationships on (Relationship Corner),,, &

Therapeutic Services
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Family Matters Counseling Group LLC  is an organization dedicated to delivering compassionate care to individuals, children, couples, and families in need of therapeutic services. We are committed to helping families stay connected, improving communication, managing mental illness, relationship issues, familial dysfunctions, and dealing with trauma.
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Who We Are
We strive to assist those that 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 that struggling in their roles as parents.

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