Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford: Forensic Psychologist & Marriage, Couples, & Family Therapist

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Dr. Tarra 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 manner 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 therapist and mediators have achieved this status).

What do I do best?

I feel my work with children, couples, and families is one of the things I do best. I work with families to help them break the cycle of dysfunction, open and improve communication, and build healthy relationships. I utilize current research and evidence based practice to ensure the individuals I work with receive the best care I can provide.

What makes me the best version of myself?

I am compassionate, thoughtful, and persistent in my goal to assist others with living their best lives. I currently mentor doctoral students, many first-generation college students with navigating the stressful yet exhilarating journey of obtaining their degree. I have also written books for parents struggling with the challenges of parenting children with cognitive delays.

What are my aspirations?

My personal goal is to publish a book covering familial trauma and dysfunction that can be used to both shine a light on the issue as well encourage those that are still struggling find the light at the end of the tunnel.

My Biggest Success?

I would have to say my biggest success would have to be the multiple requests I receive to be a content expert for books and articles related to dysfunction, trauma, and relationships.

My Most Challenging Moment?

My most challenging moment would have to be when I decided to venture out on my own in another state by building my practice. I was extremely worried I would fail, I would have nothing new to contribute or enhance the field. However, I have learned through my work the subject of familial dysfunction is not spoken about or covered enough in therapy. By building my practice and blogging for other sites on subjects such as mental illness, dating and relationships, etc., many doors have started to open up for me.

My Motto?

Live your life truly and honestly, without the fear or regret of yesterday

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My mother is my role model, she handled every challenge with dignity and poise.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

My favorite places typically are influenced by my mood. If I am feeling adventurous I prefer someplace mountainous like North Carolina, busy and entertaining I prefer New York, however, when it comes to warm tropical weather, Orlando, FL.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

My favorite object is my computer, I get to reach people in different cities, states, and countries. Most of the articles I write garner responses and questions from people all over the world.

My Current Passions?

My current passions include blogging, sketching, and reading.