Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford PhD, MFT, CRS, CMFSW, BCPS
Dr. Bates-Duford is a Forensic Psychologist and Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapist. She 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. Dr. Bates-Duford has earned the distinct designation as a Certified Relationship Specialist with Diplomate Status. 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 manner that no longer paralyzes nor interferes with daily functioning. Her work with couples and families include improving communication skill, overcoming infidelity, addiction issues, and sexual dysfunctions. 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. Bates-Duford provides ongoing contributions covering mental illness and relationships for PsychCentral.com, divorcemag.com, digitalromance.com, and her own personal blog site Love, Lust, Fantasies
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||My practical view of the function of counseling is as a journey of self-exploration by the client, meant to increase his/her level of self-understanding and self-awareness. I as Psychologist and Family Therapist act as the guide or facilitator of this journey. I as therapist do not act as the self-appointed expert on the client's life who effortlessly dispenses advice to the client on what he/she should be thinking, feeling, and doing. I as a psychologist and therapist do not readily provide answers/solutions to client questions/problems regarding themselves and their lives. From my experience, clients are much more inclined to own and operate an answer/solution if it is of their own creation. On some level of consciousness based on his/her experience in life, I believe the client is in possession of the answers to his questions.
||The goal of Family Matters Counseling Group LLC is to help families stay connected by improving communication, overcoming challenges, and developing better coping strategies to make better personal choices for themselves and their families.
|Age Range Served
||Preteens & Tweens (11 to 13)
Teenagers (14 to 19)
|Graduate School Name
||Long Island University
|State Licensing Board
||NYS Office of Professions
||Marriage and Family Therapist
|Practicing Since Year
||Children, Counseling, Family Therapy, Individual, Relationship Services
||Addictions Blended Families Dating Familial Dysfunctions Mental Health Relationships