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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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 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 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
 

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

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

— Anastasia Gand, Post-Doctoral Fellow

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 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

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 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

Dr. Rodriguez is a forensic mental health evaluator which allows her to serve as an evaluator and expert witness in both criminal and civil cases. She is known in the legal community for her ability to connect with people and for her willingness to take on challenging cases. Once you step into her office, you will feel no judgement from Dr. Rodriguez. She understands that people make mistakes and if they are ready to move forward, she will assist them.

— Kate Rodriguez, Licensed Professional Counselor in CORPUS CHRISTI, TX
 

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

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