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),,, &

Family Matters Counseling Group 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, and dealing with trauma.

Our mission is to help families stay connected by breaking the cycle of dysfunction and improving communication.
Family Matters Counseling Group is an organization dedicated to providing high quality, compassionate counseling services to children, adults & couples. We offer a wide variety of therapeutic services to aid children, families, single adults, and couples with managing their most difficult life challenges. We provide individual, group, familial, & relationship counseling.
Therapy is provided for children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. By receiving therapeutic services, the individual will receive emotional support, skills to resolve conflict, develop the ability to both understand feelings, and utilize appropriate problem solving skills. We offer parenting training, intimate/familial counseling, skill & self-esteem building, and play therapy.
Group therapy includes:
• Parent Support
• Socialization (children & adolescents)
• Grief & Bereavement
• Trauma & Victimization
• Sibling Groups
• Substance Abuse
• Anger Management
The goals for therapy as well as the course of therapy may be specific to (conflict resolution, anger management, improve relationships with family and friends), or more general (reduce stress, improve romantic, familial, and social relationships, improve self-esteem).
The length of therapeutic services depends on the complexity and severity of problems. No referral is required.
The core of Family Matters Counseling Group is our belief in family, values, and community.
We believe it is the responsibility of all of us to promote positive social change, develop and enhance both individual and shared strengths, educate, share, and lead by example the kind of relationships that will encourage each member of the family system to reach their fullest potential.

Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford is a Forensic Psychologist, a Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapist, and a Certified Relationship Expert (#15221), specializing in familial dysfunctions and trauma. Dr. Bates-Duford is the CEO and Founder of Family Matters Counseling Group LLC.

Terri Allen is Director of Nursing services, she provides individual and group counseling surrounding safe sex,  drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, drug testing, and effective medication administering. Ms. Allen also conducts health assessments.
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    Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when emotions such as hopelessness and despair take hold and just won't go away, you may have depression. Depression makes it tough to function and enjoy life like you once did. Just getting through the day can be overwhelming. But no matter how hopeless you feel, you can get better. Learning about depression—and the many things you can do to help yourself—is the first step to overcoming the problem.
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    Relationship Assessment and Counseling
    Relationships are all about compatibility, i.e., how well we get along or don't get along for that matter. Although opposites attract, too many differences can create barriers to building and sustaining healthy relationships. When there are small differences they can be used as the building blocks of creating a very rich relationship that allows each party to learn and grow with the other. However, when the differences are more substantial they can prevent a relationship from developing or tear it apart. Every relationship begins with the getting to know you, bubbling with excitement, "newness" which is fondly referred to as the honeymoon phase of a relationship. Relationship coaching and compatibility testing is a great way to discover if a relationship has a chance to flourish and survive once the honeymoon period ends. As a Forensic Psychologist specializing in familial dysfunctions, a Marriage, Couples, & Family therapist, and a Certified Relationship Specialist (American Psychotherapy Association #15221). I provide dating advice and counseling on & I can help you identify and connect with the partner of your dreams. I utilize a personality assessment to identify the best personality matches and a love compatibility assessment to determine what each person is looking for in a potential mate. My assessments scales are both detailed and accurate and given a numerical value to achieve the highest level of compatibility.
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    Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence
    Domestic violence is when one person in a relationship purposely hurts another person physically or emotionally. Domestic violence is also called intimate partner violence because it often is caused by a husband, ex-husband, boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend. Women also can be abusers. People of all races, education levels, and ages experience domestic abuse. In the United States, more than 5 million women are abused by an intimate partner each year. Domestic violence includes: Physical abuse like hitting, shoving, kicking, biting, or throwing things Emotional abuse like yelling, controlling what you do, or threatening to cause serious problems for you Sexual abuse like forcing you to do something sexual you don't want to do. At Family Matters Counseling Group LLC we provide individual and family counseling to help families stay safe and develop a plan to get to a safe environment. counseling safety planning advocacy for legal assistance and other treatment services children's services temporary food and housing teaching people about domestic violence and problems that come with domestic violence reaching out to people who are victims of domestic violence teaching people domestic violence is NOT OK teaching youth in school how to identify and avoid domestic violence
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    Child Behavioral Therapy & Modification
    When a child has a behavioral problems or a conduct disorder, no matter what the severity, it can place very real stresses on both the child and the family. Sometimes children who are coping with a disability from early on in life can develop negative behavioral traits, such as aggressive behaviors (e.g. biting, hair-pulling, hitting, throwing things), episodes of out of control anger, poor tolerance or excessive frustration and/or self-injurious behaviors. Other children might develop what are referred to as “internalizing behaviors” characterized by things like social withdrawal, refusal to participate, somatic complaints or bowel issues (e.g. severe stool holding). These negative behaviors may further impact the family’s quality of life and impede the progress of other therapies. Behavior therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on reducing behavior problems and promoting adaptation skills. Behavioral therapy uses psychological techniques to improve physical, mental and communicative skills. The activities used vary greatly according to age and disability. Some techniques will be used to discourage destructive behavior, others to encourage self-sufficiency. Behavior therapy can complement other therapies. For example, physical therapy by encouraging children to master tasks that promotes muscular and motor development. Praise, positive reinforcement and small rewards can encourage a child to learn to use weak limbs, overcome speech deficits and stop negative behaviors like hair pulling and biting. Sometimes this is called behavior management or behavior modification therapy.
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