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),,, &


About Us

Work with children includes behavior modification, play therapy (Lego and sand), socialization skills training, counseling surrounding parent divorce, loss of parent or sibling, aggressive behavior, self-esteem building, and managing peer pressure.
Dr. Duford’s work with families include communication problems, understanding and supporting a mentally ill or substance abusing member. Identifying and understanding historical family binds, domestic violence, fragmented families, and breaking the cycle of dysfunction.
Training, and consulting services are also available to non-profit organizations, hospitals, and social services agencies to help staff with assessing and providing treatment to notifying challenging clients and families. Training also helps staff with identifying potential barriers to treatment, and generating more viable treatment options to obtain better treatment options.
Director of Nursing Services Terri Allen provides educational services  for teens and adults peratining to safe sex, abstinence, alcohol/drug abuse and addictions,  drug testing, diabetic education and services. Ms. Allen also leads a weekly educational group on safe ways to self-administer medications, blood testing ans screening, and safer sex practices.

Family Matters Counseling Group LLC was also featured on Empire Radio. To hear a recording of that interview please lick on the link below:


  1. Terri Allen
    Terri Allen
    Director of Nursing Services
    Terri Allen provides mental health, sexual education and safe sex practices, medication administration training, and drug screening services.
  2. Bridgette Bates
    Bridgette Bates
    Peer Mentor
    Bridgette Bates is a peer mentor that provides weekly groups for teens and young adults struggling with self-esteem issues, peer pressure, and sexuality.
  3. Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford
    Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford
    CEO and Founder of Family Matters Counseling Group LLC
    Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford is a Forensic Psychologist specializing in familial dysfunctions and trauma. She has a PhD in Forensic Psychology and a Masters in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy. She is also a Board Certified Professional Counselor and a Certified Relationship Expert # 15221.
  4. Brooke Bates
    Brooke Bates
    Teen Activities Coordinator
    Brooke Bates is the Teen Activities Coordinator for Family Matters Counseling Group LLC. She provides and coordinates weekly and summer teen activities and self-esteem building.
  5. Irene Treadwell
    Irene Treadwell
    Supervisor of Nursing Training Founder and CEO of Black Nurses Rock NYC
    Irene Treadwell, BS, LPN

Our Clients

  1. At Family Matters Counseling Group LLC 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 to manage the adversities of life. 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. Tarra Bates-Duford
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