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),,, &


Service Types

Realationship & Family Therapy

Relationship & Family Theray
  • Infidelity & Affairs
  • Sexual Dysfunctions
  • Compatibility Assessments
  • Relationship Coaching
  • Mental Illness
  • Partner Violence
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Divorce Counseling
  • Blended Families
  • Challenges related to conception and miscarriage

Adult, Couples, & Family Therapy

Individual Counseling

  • 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 & Impotency
  • Abandonment & Bereavement

Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Anger Management
  • Resisting Peer Pressure
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Sand Therapy
  • Dealing With Loss & Grief
  • Depression
  • Pet Therapy
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Sand & Lego Therapy

School Consultation Services

​School Consultation
  • Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD) & other developmental disabilities
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Psychiatric & Mental Health Issues

​Diagnosis, Assessment, & Evaluation
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Psychoeducational, Clinical, and Behavioral evaluation

​Professional Expertise
Family Matters Counseling Group LLC 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 fuctioning, and ways to better support student learning. 
​Services Offered
  • Behavior & Support Plan development & Implementation
  • Educational & Behavioral Program design
  • Staff training
  • Collaborative team-building
  • Parent training


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.” HopeLine focuses on active listening techniques to offer caring nonjudgmental listening to our callers. We do not give advice on the lines but instead will offer referrals to other organizations using the United Way 211 program. Dr. Bates-Duford is also a proud Supporter of Black Nurses Rock NYC. For more information about Hopeline please click the link below.

Irene Treadwell, Nursing Supervisor of Family Matters Counseling Group LLC is also Founder and CEO of Black Nurses Rock NYC, Queens Chapter. Irene has extensive experience in working with individuals and families struggling with co-occurring disorders such as mental illness and addiction, mental illness and chronic medical issues, etc. You can support Irene and follow her /