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Dr. Tarra Bates-Duford      

Forensic Psychologist, License Marriage & Family Therapist, Expert Content Contributor, Author, Activist, & Motivational Speaker

Dr. Bates-Duford has engaged in extensive work and research on familial relationships, familial dysfunction, and traumatic experience (rape, incest, physical violence). As a survivor of long-term sexual abuse she has used her experience and platform to encourage and motivate others to reclaim and live their best lives. 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.

Speech Topics


  • Sexual Trauma
  • Dissociation
  • Living a Purposeful Life
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Fear and Personal Limits
  • Psychopathy
  • Narcissism
  • Sociopathy

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