Abuse / Survivors of Abuse

Years in Practice

10 years +


Raleigh NC 27614 - United States



Additional Expertise

Author, Consultant, Counselor/Therapist, Family Coach, Life Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist, Marriage Coach, Marriage/Couples Counselor, Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist, Speaker/Presenter

I Practice in

Multiple states/provinces, please inquire



I Believe

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it - Charles R. Swindoll "The Fears we Don't Face Become our Limits" Robin Sharma

About Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford

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).

You can learn more about my practice, Family Matters Counseling Group by clicking the link below.


I also host a weekly relationship podcast, "Love, Lust, & Fantasies", where we tackle all topics related to dating, marriage, family, and friends. If you would like to now more click the link below.


Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford Success Stories

A House of Smoke and Mirrors: A story of Family Secrets and Lies


I would like to recommend the book "A House of Smoke and Mirrors: A Story of Family Secrets and Lies" by Annie Berkley. The book covers family secrets, dysfunction, dissociative disorders, and sexual trauma. I found this book really helpful when working with individuals and families that have experienced sexual abuse/trauma.

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