Transitioning Families encompasses Dr. Rebecca Bailey's innovative and effective manner of assisting families through a variety of life transitions. She brings years of expertise in Individual and Family psychotherapy services to this arena.


Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D., Director

Jane F. Dickel, LCSW, Senior Clinician

Cynthia Psaila, MS, LMFT, Associate Director

Phone: (707) 237 5330

(707) 939 0654
Fax: (888) 607 5904


June 13-14, 2015 Horses & Trauma-Informed Treatment Conference.  Learn Multiple Approaches to Equine-Assisted Trauma-Informed Therapy at Horse Sense of the Carolinas.  For more information visit

March 24, 2015:  Dr. Rebecca Bailey will be the keynote speaker at the Judicial Council of California Center for Families, Children & the Courts in San Diego.  She will be speaking on Healing The Family After Familial Abduction:  Reflections of A Reunification Therapist.  Familial abduction is defined by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as the "taking, keeping or concealment of a child by a family member in violation of a custodial order, a decree or other legitimate custodial rights".  These situations are far more common than is openly acknowledged, and remain a controversial area of clinical and judicial practice.  Dr. Bailey and her team have addressed the needs of these complex cases through an innovative family-based program called Transitioning Families.   Dr. Bailey will describe components of the Transitioning Families Therapeutic Reunification Model (TFTRM) and share case examples to illustrate the efficacy of family-based intervention, ongoing challenges for clinical and legal management and to share lessons learned.

On March 18, 2015:  Harvard Medical School held their Psychiatric Grand Rounds for the academic year.  A key presentation was Stockholm Syndrome :  A Survivor-Based Critique and Call for a New Framework,  presented by Abigail M. Judge, Ph.D, Jaycee Dugard, and Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D.  The target audience was Psychiatry; Primary Care; Psychology; Social Work; Neurology; Academics; and Research.  The objectives of this presentation were to describe the origins of Stockholm Syndrome as a concept and the limitations for its use; to offer alternative conceptualizations of traumatic bonding for use in treatment, research and theory building; and provide alternative language for use with the media when commenting about cases of abduction, exploitation and violence.

The phenomenon of trauma survivors developing emotional bonds with their abusers/captors has been observed in a range of contexts.  However, little research exists regarding how this occurs and even less is known about its positive resolution in survivors.  The most commonly cited explanation is Stockholm (SS), a term coined during a 1973 media interview to describe the "positive bond" between hostages and captors.  Ever since, SS has been applied to situations involving interpersonal violence and coercion (e.g., child sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, human trafficking).

Despite its widespread use by the media, within the legal system and organizations charged with the protection of children, the concept of SS lacks empirical support and does not comport with current research on post-traumatic adaptation.  In addition, the concept has been applied to an increasingly diverse range of crimes, ages and interpersonal contexts, raising questions about its parsimony, validity and continued relevance to theory building and research.  Another limitation that has received scant scholarly attention is the term's insensitivity to survivor experience:  the conflation of diverse case dynamics among distinct survivor groups, inattention to developmental factors, and the implication of survivor culpability or that attaching to one's abuser is an illness.  Accordingly, the presentation included a survivor-informed critique of SS based on the current literature and the speakers' clinical, forensic and personal experience.  It also proposed a novel framework, adaptation processes to replace the language of Stockholm syndrome.  Clinical, research and forensic implications were discussed, as well as considerations for the media coverage of exploitation, abduction and violence.

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Chef Charles is now offering Family Friendly Healthy Cooking classes for groups and individuals.

Get together to learn to cook, bond, or just have fun.  $75 per person.  Call to schedule or reserve space:

(707) 328-3476.