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 LLC provides daily mental health education and relationship advice via our blog site Love, Lust, & Fantasies. The blog site was created to provide mental health education, relationship advice, and create healthy debate. I am really excited to open up a conversation about love, lust, and fantasies. Too often we are afraid, embarrassed, or uncertain where we should go to go to get mental health information, dating/relationship advice, ask questions about sexuality, or sexual dysfunctions. After many years of working in the area of families, dating, and relationships I decided to create a blog which would allow others to share their experiences, stories (both good and bad), and talk about things once considered taboo. 

To join the weekly debate please feel free to click on the button entitled "blog" on the lower right side of the page.

You can also follow Dr. Bates-Duford on PsychCentral (Relationship Corner) as she delivers weekly mental health information and advice as it relates to familial and romantic relationships. She can also be found on providing information and advice surrounding divorce, blended families, mediations, parenting, healthy adjustments following divorce.

Dr. Bates-Duford is an accomplished author that has also written childrens books covering conduct disorders, ADHD, trauma, and parenting a child with special needs. Books for adults include Love, Lust, & Fantasies: The Blog Stories Too Racy To Post which include follower letters, emails, and face-to-face meetings with the dishearted seeking love, sex, and relationship advice.