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    Family Matters Counseling Group, PLLC consists of nursing and clinical staff with more than 10 years of experience servicing adults, families, couples, and children suffering from mental health issues, trauma and abuse, cognitive issues, addictions and dependency, behavioral deviancies, and personality disorders. We provide expert training to schools, nonprofit organizations, and police departments surrounding issues of mental health, addictions, and vulnerable populations. Our work with schools include proper identification and assessment to identify possible cognitive delays, source of conduct issues, and techniques to improve student behavior, academic functioning, and ways to better support student learning.

    Family Counseling

    Our family affects who we are and who we become, both for the better and for…

    Group Therapy

    Are you having a difficult time handling the struggles in your life? Could you use a non-judgemental ear to listen, somebody who really understands what you’re going through?

    LGBTQIA+ Individual Therapy

    Stigma-free, affirming, affordable therapy for LGBTQIA+ Individuals Do you live outside of the heteronormative-cisgender box? Have…

    Pre-Marital Counseling

    Are you a newlywed? Did you just get engaged? Are you and your partner looking to…

    Sex Therapy

    Are you stuck in a sexless marriage? Do you and your partner have mismatched sexual desires?…


    Do you need support, but can’t make it to an in-person appointment? Are you a busy…

    Therapy for Depression

    Are you feeling hopeless, isolated and not your usual self? Do these thoughts often enter your…

    Don't Wait To Get The Help You Need

    Adult, Couples, and Family Therapy

    • Couples Counseling
    • Pre-marital / Marital Counseling
    • Behavioral Modification
    • Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Abuse/Trauma Counseling
    • Domestic Violence Counseling
    • Mediation
    • Anger Management
    • Low Self-Esteem
    • Life Coaching
    • Work Related Issues or Challenges
    • Parenting Training
    • Sexual Dysfunctions and Impotency
    • Abandonment and Bereavement
    • Behavioral Modification
    • Anger Management
    • Resisting Peer Pressure
    • Low Self-Esteem
    • Dealing With Loss & Grief
    • Depression
    • Pet Therapy
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Anxiety
    • Sand and Lego Therapy
    • Infidelity and Affairs
    • Sexual Dysfunctions
    • Compatibility Assessments
    • Relationship Coaching
    • Mental Illness
    • Partner Violence
    • Pre-Marital Counseling
    • Divorce Counseling
    • Blended Families
    • Challenges Related to Conception and Miscarriage

    School Consultation Services

    School Consultation:

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Other Developmental Disabilities Adjustment Disorders
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Conduct Disorders
    • Psychiatric and Mental Health Issues

    Diagnosis, Assessment, & Evaluation:

    • Functional Behavior Assessment
    • Psychoeducational, Clinical, and Behavioral Evaluation

    Services Offered:

    • Behavior and Support Plan Development and Implementation
    • Educational and Behavioral Program Design
    • Staff Training
    • Collaborative Team-Building
    • Parent Training

    Family Law Cases

    • General Psychological Evaluation
    • Guardianship Evaluation
    • Parenting Capacity Evaluation
    • Divorce Mediation
    • Child Custody Evaluation
    • Parent Training

    Psychological Consultant: Psychologists may be hired by attorneys to consult on a case “behind the scenes.” Examples include educating the attorney about a client’s mental illness, assisting in jury selection or cross-examination, or critiquing another psychologist’s evaluation report.

    Expert Witness: A psychologist may be asked to testify in court as an expert.

    A deposit fee of $50 is required to secure an appointment. If you have insurance, please bring your insurance card to the appointment. If you fail to cancel your appointment within 24-hrs of your appointment, your deposit will not be refunded.


    Dr. Bates-Duford is a Board Member and proud supporter of Hopeline Inc., located in Wake County North Carolina that provides a confidential telephone service for people in crisis to call. HopeLine’s underlying premise is that “caring, non-judgmental listening and resource information” will “improve the overall well-being of people in the community.”

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