Counselling for Offenders

People who have spent time in prison often face a unique range of pressures. We provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere to work through the difficulties associated with adjusting to life in the community. We offer individual counselling for a range of problems, including:

  • History of traumatic experiences
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Substance use
  • Aggressive or violent behaviour
  • Problems with anger and other strong emotions
  • Feelings of sadness, shame or guilt
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety

What is your experience working with offenders?

We have particular expertise working with people who have a criminal record and those transitioning to the community following a period of imprisonment.

Dr Terri Roberton is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has worked for over twelve years in prisons across Western Australia and Victoria. During this time, she worked alongside male and female prisoners to help them reduce unwanted behaviours and promote mental health recovery.

What will happen in sessions?

A normal session runs for 50 minutes, but it can be less if that feels too long. What we talk about during this time is something we can decide together – there will be no pressure to talk about difficult topics until you are ready.

During the first session we will talk about your current concerns and your goals for therapy. We will work together to decide on the best way to approach the problems that brought you to therapy.

As well as talking, we will also practise some skills and strategies you can use outside of sessions. This will mean you are making the most of time spent in session.

What about confidentiality?

It is understandable that people want their personal information to stay private. It is hard to trust someone if you think they will tell other people about your problems.

Clinical psychologists are obliged to keep personal information about their clients private and this is something we take very seriously. However, there are some situations in which we must disclose confidential information, including if:

  • We are legally obliged to do so (e.g. subpoenaed to court).
  • There is an immediate, specific risk of harm to yourself.
  • There is an immediate, specific risk of harm to someone else.

If you have any more questions about confidentiality, we can talk about these in the first session.

Download our brochure for counselling for offenders