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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I worked in the North Carolina prison system and had the opportunity to establish and facilitate art therapy programs for groups and individuals in male, female, and juveniles facilities. I ran years of groups for folks returning to the community from prison. I have also worked to support families with loved ones who are incarcerated.

— Erika Bowser, Licensed Professional Counselor

I have worked in male and female state prisons, a community corrections facility for males and in a federal prison.

— Anastasia Gand, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Work with Adult Male Sex Offenders in individual and group therapy. Internet offenders, Sting offenders, and hands on offenders who are leaving incarceration and looking for a service provider in the Savannah area. State Certified

— Mary Jackson,, Licensed Professional Counselor in Savannah, GA

Incarceration and other types of involvement with the penal system cause harm that can be more hurtful than other forms of abuse. This is because it carries a perception of legitimacy and a process for continual re-injury. People deserve support in seeing their value and contributions clearly, as well as in assimilating a view of the world that has been permanently altered.

— Abigail Sassano, Clinical Social Worker

I have worked within Forensic settings, meaning all clients have varying levels of involvement with the Justice System. Private Practice may not be a suitable level of care for individuals currently involved within the justice system, should you support someone within or have trauma due to involvement with the Justice system our therapy would provide understanding of experiences and impacts due to the Justice System.

— Alejandro Aguirre, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Burbank, CA

Prison is a unique experience and the people impacted deserve to have a provider who knows what changes happen to a person when they have gone through incarceration. Learning how to deprogram from the skills that helped you survive prison is important if you want to be successful in the free world. People who have a loved one who is involved in the criminal justice system also deserve a provider that knows that system and how to cope effectively.

— Michelle Fortier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tallahassee, FL

I enjoy helping those that are struggling from zero. Having nothing and starting life from scratch seems tough. I know it is a rut to get out of and start fresh without baggage. Bag and baggage is when to go home and get out of jail to the outside world feeling numb and adjusting to society seems like a party. Rules that don't apply to us and wanting o do the whole world appears easy. Thinking, behavior, and consequences are the key.

— Dale Komoda, Counselor in Honolulu, HI

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

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

Curious about what prompts you to have a sense of being here before? Are troubling experiences affecting your daily life? Do you have dreams or nightmares of places you have never been? Do you have chronic pain, even though there is no medical reason for the pain? Upon meeting someone for the first time, do you feel an immediate attraction or uncomfortable dislike for that person? Do you have migraine headaches? You might be experiencing the issues from a past life...recovery is possible.

— Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D., Hypnotherapist in Phoenix, AZ