Meet Our Team
Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford, PhD, MFT, CRS, CMFSW
CEO and Founder of Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC
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 children’s 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).
Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford was recognized on May 21, 2020, as a Young Social Impact leader for her work, research, and expertise in trauma.”
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 mental health services. Ms. Allen also leads a weekly educational group on safe ways to self-administer medications, blood testing and screening, and safer sex practices.
Bridgette Bates is a peer mentor that provides weekly groups for teens and young adults struggling with self-esteem issues, peer pressure, and sexuality.
Teen Activities Coordinator
Brooke Bates is the Teen Activities Coordinator for Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC. She provides and coordinates weekly and summer teen activities and self-esteem building.