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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Volunteering with court-involved people for more than a decade is how I came to the field of therapy, and I continue to love supporting people who are caught up in these massive systems of control. Mass incarceration has traumatized communities and families, and continues to do so every day. I work closely with attorneys to provide context for how trauma impacts court-involvement, and am also happy to provide psychological evaluations for court-involved persons at an attorney or judge's request.

— Rachel Smith, Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, IL

I have worked for over a decade with individuals who have lived through the criminal justice system. I strongly believe that you have the potential to make valuable contributions to society. I have a solid understanding of the barriers that make reentry a challenge to those who want to reconnect with their friends, family and society. I will work collaboratively with you to build a positive reentry plan and develop the skills needed to succeed in building a good life for yourself.

— Brian Finnerty, Licensed Professional Counselor in Collingswood, NJ
 

My work history includes community supervision and working as a legal assistant for a criminal defense attorney. After having the opportunity to see how both sides function and spending one-on-one time with individuals who are facing charges or sentencing, I have a unique, compassionate understanding of how to approach individuals in this situation and how to provide the same compassion & support to their loved ones. Everyone I meet is a person first, and I treat them accordingly.

— Maggie Smith, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in San Angelo, TX

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 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
 

Includes: Gang or cartel membership Affiliation-based violence Being jumped or “sexed” in Muling, substance use to appease Structural exploitation (i.e. being used) through higher-up ranks and hierarchy Incarceration, prison, jails, juvenile detention centers isolation cells, “the hole” Jail/prison rape, either by other residents or staff Moral trauma due to forced initiation of violence/double-binds Witnessing violence, addiction, suffering, and death

— Kristen Muché, Psychotherapist in Los Angeles County, CA

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
 

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 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
 

For many years I worked primarily focused on reentry for offenders coming out of prison. I help individuals process through many years of suppressed emotions and the emotions that surface upon a huge change of going from the inside to being on the outside. I show them that life can have purpose and meaning and their past does not have to define their future. Creating safe, non-judgmental, space is key to being able to feel safe and trust in a world that has turned it's back on one.

— Shannon King, Counselor

I have spent 2 years working with incarcerated men as well as with youth in the juvenile delinquent system, conducting both individual and evidence based group therapy.

— Reika Faust, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burlingame, CA
 

For many years my work primarily focused on reentry for offenders coming out of prison. I help individuals process through many years of suppressed emotions and the emotions that surface upon a huge change of going from the inside to being on the outside. I show them that life can have purpose and meaning and their past does not have to define their future. Creating safe, non-judgmental, space is key to being able to feel safe and trust in a world that has turned its back on one.

— Shannon King, Counselor

My main level of experience is with post adjudicated males ages 13-17 who are in residential treatment in preparation to complete the remainder of his probation in the community under intense supervision.

— Idalie Correa,
 

I minored in Criminology at the Ohio State University when I was working towards my BS. During my undergraduate career I enrolled in a course inside a women's prison where I learned about how a prison runs and the experiences of incarcerated individuals. I also worked at a halfway house where I would assist women with transitioning back into the community. Furthermore, I helped individuals prepare for job interviews and learned to conduct educational seminars for those on probation.

— Madeline Mansfield, Student Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO