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 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

I have 6 years experience working with inmates and those preparing for reentry.

— Jenna Ostrowski, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Falmouth, ME

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Anastasia Gand, Post-Doctoral Fellow

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

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

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