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),,, &


Trainings Offered

Family Matters Counseling Group LLC believes in the power and advantages of both education and effective training. We believe it is the responsibility of us all to contribute to postive social change within our communities. However, change can only occur when we become educated. committed, and dedicated to positively changing the lives of those that struggling. Our mission and goal is to train counselors, mental health professionals, and nonprofit organizations better service those struggling emotionally, socially, mentally, and psychologically.
Trainings Include:
  • Working with challenging populations
  • Severe and persistent mental illness
  • co-occurring disorders
  • Identifying and breaking negative family legacies
  • Traumatic Past
  • ​Mood Disorders
  • Effective case management
  • Proper documentation
  • Familial Dysfunctions
  • Incest
  • ​Taboos
  • Mindfulness
  • Eclectic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy