Incarceration and Reentry

Getting out of prison (also known as re-entry) can be incredibly stressful and pose many challenges, including the need to secure housing and employment, and re-connecting with family and friends. At the same time, while some medical needs may have been addressed in prison, issues like substance abuse and mental illness may not have been addressed at all. Seeing a qualified professional therapist can help with the transition back into society outside of prison. Therapy can provide tools to help solve problems, deal with social situations, and to control anger – in addition to helping with substance abuse issues. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s incarceration and re-entry specialists today.

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As a clinician, I worked for 2 years with AB109 probationers to reintegrate back into the community after spending various lengths in time in our jail/prison system. I have also run groups in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility focusing on preparation for what was to come. I love to instill hope and build upon strengths to remind individuals that they are important and can make desired life changes.

— Shavonne James, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I have spent the past four years working as a forensic social worker, which included providing clinical services for incarcerated individuals and their families and advocating for lesser and/or alternative sentencing. I have a solid understanding of the legal system, incarcerated life, and the challenges of reentry. I am passionate about helping individuals and families navigate the specific challenges to incarceration and reentry.

— Tyler Tripp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

Many of our clinicians have experience and training working with individuals involved in with the justice system both while incarcerated and while in the community.

— Wise Mind PLLC, Clinical Psychologist in Ypsilanti, MI

Many of our clinicians have experience and training working with individuals involved in with the justice system both while incarcerated and while in the community.

— Wise Mind PLLC, Clinical Psychologist in Ypsilanti, MI

I have worked with people who were found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity to help them reintegrate into the community after release from custody. I have also worked with individuals who were Unfit to Stand Trial to help them gain fitness and work through the trial process. I have close relationships with judges, attorneys, probation officers, and law enforcement officers. I can help someone at whatever stage they may be in the justice system.

— Matt Kindler, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rockford, IL

During my time working for The Center for Health Care Services I enjoyed working with those on felony probation and parole. I truly enjoyed working with my clients to help them adjust to reentry into the community and learn different strategies to work toward a better future.

— Margaret Bean, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Antonio, TX

I worked for nearly two years within an addictions treatment program at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, and then for another year+ in an outpatient clinic for individuals, primarily men, on federal probation after their re-entry from being incarcerated. These experiences and the learning I have done sense has made me passionate about the cyclical nature of trauma on people who are incarcerated and the systemic obstacles facing their successful re-entry to society.

— Lisa Kays, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in WASHINGTON, DC

I have worked with incarcerated individuals for a number of years, specifically with individuals convicted of sexual crimes. These individuals come from various cultural backgrounds with history of trauma, dysfunction, and unhealthy environments. In working with these individuals, I have built a skillset that assists in addressing past and present problematic behaviors and thought patterns while preparing for reintegration into the community.

— Tiffanie Rodriguez, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

As someone who spent 2 years working with incarcerated individuals, I have experience in assisting them with readjustment into society and preparing for what to expect.

— Samantha Palmer, Student Therapist in Anoka, MN

I specialize in reentry and incarceration, helping individuals navigate the challenges of returning to society after incarceration. With my experience in the prison system and a client-centered approach, I work to empower my clients, providing a safe space to process their experiences and develop strategies for successful reentry. Together, we will work to address any challenges related to reentry while developing positive coping skills and addressing any underlying mental health concerns.

— Jessie Szmanda, Mental Health Counselor in , MN

Getting grounded and readjusted to society is the biggest issue, and it will get better. I have worked in jail and prison. Having a therapist to help you through the struggle, to remain sober and work througth the strong emotions that come up, makes all the difference.

— Myrna Williams, Addictions Counselor in Lawtey, FL

I completed my training hours for licensure working with adolescents in juvenile hall and adults just leaving prison and transitioning back to the community. I ran groups and saw individual clients for probation-ordered therapy, helping them to understand their patterns and refrain from reoffending in the future. I was also a Santa Clara County Certified Batterer Intervention Program trained facilitator. I hold a Master's in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Correctional Psychology.

— Melissa Healy, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA