The diversity of our experience has led to the assumption that although traditional therapeutic techniques have a place there are psychoeducational and experential methods that help families grow and thrive.
Rebecca Bailey, PhD - Psy 18732
Transitioning families encompasses the family and individual counseling practice of Rebecca Bailey, Ph.D. as well as her reunification programs, parenting classes and supervised visitation services.
Dr. Bailey received her doctoral degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She is a clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist who specializes in complex case scenarios, including high conflict divorce and experiences of extreme trauma. She is nationally recognized expert in non-familial and familial abductions and the founder and director of Transitioning Families, an innovative and family-based program for therapeutic reunification and reintegration in California. She is former director of the Sonoma Police Departments Youth and Family services program and was a therapist educator for programs such as Marin County’s DUI Program. Dr. Bailey is a regular consultant to and referral for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and is a regular consultant to judicial entities. She is an active member of the AFCC and a member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.
Dr. Bailey has been a guest and commentator on Anderson Cooper, Good Morning America, Piers Morgan, Erin Burnett, Kyra Phillips, 20/20, Diane Sawyer and World News Tonight. She is co-author of the book Safe Kids, Smart Parents (Simon & Schuster, 2013). She presents widely throughout the country on a variety of topics, including the premise of creating “Protected Spaces” for survivors of traumatic crimes and the importance of active collaboration among involved systems. Dr. Bailey is an advisor to the Board of Director for the JAYC Foundation, Inc. and is clinical director for their programs.
Research interests include the development and implementation of Reunification programs for families recovering from abduction, exploitation, and High conflict Divorces and other life transitions such as Military deployment. You can contact Dr. Bailey directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Charles Holmes has worked as an executive Chef for the past 15 years. His passion for food and good nutrition has led him to a variety of jobs as an instructor and chef.
JoAnn Behrman-Lippert, PhD
JoAnn Behrman-Lippert, Ph.D., Psychologist and Trauma Consultant, has 30 years of experience working with missing and exploited children, victims of crime and assessing threats of workplace violence and harassment.
Michael Basta, LCSW – certified Gottman Institute therapist.
Sue Warnock-Brooks, MFT, LEP
Anna Palacios-Flaherty MFT
Terri Roberson, PhD
Cynthia Psaila, M.S., LMFT #83299
Ms. Psaila is a Clinician for the Transitioning Families Program in Sonoma County, California. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Sonoma for teens, adults, and families.
Ms. Psaila co-facilitates educational workshops for mental health and family law professionals on the topic of therapeutic reunification in complex case scenarios, and the implementation of experiential modalities for families resisting traditional talk therapy. She has co-authored the Transitioning Families Therapeutic Reunification Manual, the JAYC Foundation Educational School Group Curriculum (2012), and the article, The Transitioning Families Reunification Model in Non-Familial Abduction (FCR, 2016).
Contact Cynthia Psaila, M.S., L.M.F.T. at (707) 237-5330 or Cpsaila@transitioningfamilies.com.
Margie McDonald is an accomplished and successful horse trainer and riding instructor. She has an extensive and impressive record with hunter/jumpers and is also trained in classical dressage.
Frank Davis, Ph. D. - PSY#24164
Dr. Frank Davis brings over fifteen years of clinical expertise of working in various Bay Area community mental health agencies and in the private practice sector. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Family Systems Theory from JFK University in 2000.
Dr. Davis provides both clinical and forensic services to families referred by the Family Court. He works as a custody evaluator, parenting coordinator, special master, co-parenting therapist, or reunification therapist. Additionally, Dr. Davis is frequently called upon by attorneys or the court to provide expert testimony on child custody related issues. With regard to his forensic work, his areas of focus include domestic violence, child/parental alienation and estrangement and parental relocation. Dr. Davis’s primary aim is to get everyone to do what is in the best interests of the child(ren). He also provides comprehensive psychological assessments and evaluations for children and adults referred by the court.
Jane F. Dickel, LCSW - LCS #4353
Ms. Jane F. Dickel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in Napa and Sonoma, CA for over forty-five years.
From 1978-2012 Ms. Dickel was in private practice with a group of licensed practitioners known as the Redwood Family and Child Center. Since then she has shifted her focus to working with high conflict scenarios with families in transition, and with reunification of families after an abduction or other trauma. In 2009, she helped Dr. Rebecca Bailey in the founding of Transitioning Families and continues there as a senior clinician. She is a clinical advisor to the the Board of Directors of the JAYC Foundation, Inc. and has been instrumental in producing for them the program of Creating Protected Spaces for victims and families post trauma. She has been collaborating with the National Organization for Victim Assistance and the Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation to develop practice guidelines for the convergence of authorities and other entities in crisis events. She has presented at venues across the country on various topics related to her work with Transitioning Families and The JAYC Foundation, Inc. You can contact Ms. Dickel directly at email@example.com.
Alicia White provides ongoing administrative support for Transitioning Families.
Alicia also helps coordinate many of the continuing projects for the JAYC Foundation and brings her expertise in logistics and organization. She is an active member of the community, board member of the Sonoma Valley Mother’s Club, coaches’ high school and middle school volleyball and enjoys spending time with her husband and 3-year-old daughter.
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Janet graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (honors) in Art and Art History.
Marisol was born and raised in Acapulco before coming to this country 15 years ago and is fluent in Spanish. She provides support for the team, both in cooking classes and in the other experiential activities with the families.