Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger has begun seeing a counselor as he and his long-time girlfriend try to move on from a recent domestic violence incident.

Sullinger 21 was arraigned September 3 after being charged with assault and battery destruction of property and intimidation of a witness after a dispute involving Sullinger and his girlfriend Deann Smith at their Waltham home on August 31. During the arraignment Middlesex Assistant District Attorney Sarah W. Ellis asked that Sullinger undergo a mental health evaluation. District Court Judge Gregory C. Flynn refused the request adding that it was too soon in the criminal justice process for such an examination to be necessary.

Sullinger was released on $5000 cash bail but was also ordered to stay away from the apartment he and Smith shared and could only see her if a third party was present. However they are allowed to communicate by phone.

Both Sullinger and Smith -- who according to court documents has since moved back to Ohio with her parents -- filed paperwork last week with the Waltham District Court indicating their desire to have the court's ruling on September 3 modified. Sullinger's attorney Charles W. Rankin said his client "has begun seeing a counselor" as part of an effort to improve his relationship with Smith.

However a spokesperson for the Middlesex District Attorney's office indicated they are opposed to any changes to Flynn's earlier ruling.

"We feel the original ruling was appropriate" said MaryBeth Long.

Smith's attorney Melinda L. Thompson filed an affidavit last week which indicated that "the Commonwealth sought a no contact order and an order to stay away from the apartment the two share in Waltham. Ms. Smith addressed the Court at sidebar (on Sept. 3) and told the Court that she opposed the stay away and no contact order. She stated that she did not want to pursue the case and is not fearful of Mr. Sullinger."