About Dr. Rebecca Bailey

Inspirational and Innovative Psychologist

My Story

Rebecca Bailey, PhD is a leading family psychologist and equestrian who has become a world-renowned professional teacher, speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

Rebecca is the former director of the Sonoma Police Departments Youth and family services program, was a therapist educator for programs such as Marin County’s DUI Program, and is the founder of Transitioning Families, a group of independently licensed mental health practitioners dedicated to Bailey’s innovative ideas for helping families through crisis and difficult change. She continues to work with a variety of state and national organizations such as The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is an advisory council member of the Onsite Foundation and Brain Train America.

Dr. Bailey is actively involved in applying Dr. Stephan Porges’ research on the autonomic nervous system to her long standing work with a variety of patients recovering from life altering stressful and traumatic experiences. She believes that understanding the interaction between the nervous system and our thoughts and actions is the key to compassionately guiding families and individuals to healing and self-understanding.

A graduate of The Wright Institute in Berkley, CA, Dr. Bailey was raised in the Boston area, but relocated to California 35 years ago. She now lives in Northern California with her loving husband, five children, and countless animals.


Rebecca has been interviewed by Diane Sawyer, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Piers Morgan and has also been a guest on CNN, Good Morning America, 20/20, Elizabeth Smart’s Lifetime Special: Smart Justice and many more. She is available as an expert commentator on a variety of mental health topics, including: abduction, resiliency, self-compassion, and appeasement (a concept that she, Dr. Stephen Porges, and Jaycee Dugard are using to replace victim blaming words regarding inescapable situations). She is also a leading expert in innovative therapies such as eco-therapy, culinary therapy and equine facilitated interventions.

Years Experience


My Books

Safe Kids, Smart Parents: What Parents Need to Know to Keep their Children Safe

Safe Kids, Smart Parents builds on Dr. Bailey’s years of experience as a family psychologist helping real families deal with real situations. From abduction to abuse, Bailey explains how parents can speak to their kids about troubling topics while building their self-esteem and teaching them how to protect themselves. A smart, comprehensive, and easy-to-read resource, Safe Kids, Smart Parents is the most important book a parent can own.

Equine Connections: Polyvagal Principles

Equine Connections: Polyvagal Principles builds on Dr. Rebecca Bailey’s decades of experience as a family psychologist helping real families deal with real situations. In this book, Dr. Bailey introduces equine-assisted therapy, The Polyvagal Theory, the populations that can be served by her approach, and a variety of exercises that incorporate The Polyvagal Theory into equine interventions. Throughout the book, the notion of “providing safe spaces” is discussed and incorporated into treatment recommendations.


Get out of your head and into your heart. Move forward with compassion and curiosity.

– Dr. Rebecca Bailey

Meet Dr. Bailey

July 22-26, 2021

Healing the Herd: Connection Focused Therapy® for Therapists and Other Professionals Working with Trauma Survivors and Families in Crisis

  • Cost: $2500 Tuition includes lunch and workshop materials each day.
  • Time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm daily
  • Location: Greenfield, MN (near Minneapolis) — Hold Your Horses • 5265 Woodland Trail • Greenfield, MN 55357 • (763)498-0007
  • Facilitated By: Dr. Rebecca Bailey & Linda Kohanov

Upcoming Event Topics

Topics Available in 2021

  • Families in High Conflict Divorce
  • Families and Individuals Recovering From Complex Trauma
  • Honing your Skills as a Parent Coordinator
  • Polyvagal in the Courtroom and Beyond
  • Wisdom of the Horse: Personal Development
  • Wisdom of the Horse: Equine Professional
  • The Art of Play: Fun and Interactive Equine Workshops

The Latest from Dr. Bailey

The Reflection in the Mirror

Many years ago I had a program which was called Equine Mirrors . The logo was beautiful, it depicted a person walking  side by side with a horse, underneath was the mirror reflection. To myself and the other psychologist it depicted the serenity of the connection...

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An equine supported Polyvagal lesson

True connection between horse and rider involves a high level of communication and connection. This fact was brought home to me today while riding a super sensitive and headstrong horse. The gist of it was this particular horse has a periodic pattern of bucking when...

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Emotional Safety: Coronavirus

As we maneuver through the latest challenge of the corona virus, we are reminded that we are indeed one world and one people. Each of us are connected to each other by a common thread, and that is our vulnerability. The word vulnerability is not intended to frighten...

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