(412) 204-6017


100 Fifth Ave Suite 1200, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, USA



Bridging the gap between the Criminal Justice System and Mental Health

Have a particular life obstacle you’re trying to overcome? Sometimes, seeking help from a licensed expert is the best way to put things into perspective. Crisp Forensic Counseling recognizes that the needs of offender treatment are distinctive. Crisp accesses the state of mind and motive to gauge what threat, if any, as well as provide treatment.

“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”



Janelle A. Crisp is a licensed therapist in the state of Pennsylvania who is trained to work with individuals involved in the legal system. Crisp's dedication to honesty, competency, integrity, diligence, and the ability to remain impartial and fair strengthens her ability to provide forensic counseling services. Crisp completes concise and insightful assessments along with individual and group therapy. Crisp collects information efficiently, is able to be objective, and understands navigating the legal system. Crisp is passionate about her work with at-risk populations. Crisp is also an ATSA member.

Not only does Crisp provide forensic counseling, she is also knowledgeable about the legal system due to her professional history of working with inmates. Crisp works with county, state, and federal probation cases. Services include risk assessments, provision of interventions, and treatment planning to adapt both thoughts and behaviors.


Sex Offender Specific Treatment

Crisp Forensic Counseling provides sexual offender assessments and treatment services in accordance with the recommendations and guidelines of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. Crisp Forensic Counseling collaborates with probation and parole, polygraph examiner, other mental health providers, offender’s family, and any other significant supports of the offender.

Our mission is to create safer communities by addressing sexual abuse and to assist with the end of the cycle of exploitation by providing treatment and education. Crisp Forensic Counseling works towards reducing the risk of sexual recidivism while creating healthy members of society.

Crisp Forensic Counseling’s treatment approach emphasizes comprehensive assessment, family involvement, and close collaboration with the judicial system. Throughout the treatment process; clients are encouraged to address not only their sexual behavior but also any contributing factors, such as; mental health, comorbidity, trauma, compulsions, addictions, or other barriers. Crisp Forensic Counseling has the expectation of personal responsibility and accountability which is reinforced and expected in every phase of evaluation and treatment.




  • Both short-term and long-term, depending on risk level.

  • Individual, group, family, and couples therapy. 

Evaluation and Assessment

  • Forensic assessments conducted on individuals who have been accused, charged, or convicted of sexual misconduct.

  • Purpose of this assessment is an attempt to determine the risk of individual and make recommendations.

  • Five Part Assessment

    • Clinical interview

    • Personality assessments / risk assessments

    • ABEL screening

    • Sexual history questionnaire

    • Review of judicial documents and external documents provided

Clinical Polygraphs

The purpose of the clinical polygraph is not to identify previous victims but rather establish the veracity of the individual charges or convicted and to make determinations as to whether this individual could or should be treated in a community setting. If previous victims are determined during a clinical polygraph interview, there is no attempt to be made to identify these victims nor are they used to influence the court’s decision about the current impending charges.

All adult offenders will be required to completed at least two polygraphs at their expense or the expense of the referring agency. These tests will be used to verify the past history and present events. Crisp Forensic Counseling follows guidelines provided by the state or federal probation and parole boards regarding frequency of polygraphs.

The polygraph examines administered at Crisp Forensic Counseling is;

  • Instant Offense

  • Sexual History

  • Maintenance and Monitoring

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Co-Occurring Treatment 

Crisp Forensic Counseling provides Mental health and substance abuse treatment are integrated to meet the needs of people with co-occurring disorders. Motivational interventions are key to integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. These interventions help clients identify personal recovery goals.


                                 Four Stages of Treatment; 

                                         Active treatment
                                         Relapse prevention

Mental Health Treatment

Crisp Forensic Counseling provides mental health treatment for various concerns. Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and seeks to improve an individual's well-being. Wellness is about more than your physical well-being and the absence of disease. It’s about your total well-being – body, mind, and spirit. We help you gain the coping skills needed for everyday life while remaining in the community. 

Individual sessions are offered in 60 minute lengths for frequencies of weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly. 

Download the Crisp Forensic Counseling referral form here and email to janelle@crispfc.com



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