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
 

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

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

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
 

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

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
 

Former contractor with Federal probation/pretrial services - provided individual, couples, family, and group counseling to individuals re-entering society following a period of Federal incarceration ranging from 1-25+ years. Worked with pretrial clients preparing for sentencing and surrender. Experience with clients with wide range of criminal histories from white-collar crimes, racketeering, to sex offenses.

— Anastasia Mongra, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I have worked a lot with those involved in the legal system. The biggest thing I have learned is having to teach acceptance. There are certain situations that once they happen, we do not have control over; however, we DO have control over how we react and our decisions moving forward. It is okay to be angry, it is okay to be upset, it is okay to feel however you are feeling... but let's make sure those emotions don't lead to maladaptive behavior. And if they did, let's work on it.

— Rubina Pina, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
 

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

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