Is it normal to cry at therapy?

Is it normal for people to cry during therapy, or is it just me?

Bob Basque
Bob Basque
Modern - Effective - Therapy

It is absolutely normal and natural to cry during a counseling session. Crying is often a sign of emotional release and can be a way of expressing emotions that are difficult to put into words. While it may seem uncomfortable or embarrassing, many clients find crying cathartic and beneficial in their healing process. For some people, talking about certain topics can be emotionally overwhelming, leading to tears. Others may find that they need a safe space to express their true feelings without feeling judged or ashamed.

The act of crying itself can help to reduce stress and alleviate psychological pain. It releases endorphins, helping you feel calmer, more grounded, and more connected with yourself and your environment. Research suggests that tears contain higher levels of stress hormones than other bodily fluids, meaning that shedding tears may help us process difficult emotions we’re not able to express otherwise. Crying can also encourage self-compassion by taking the focus away from the outside world and back onto ourselves; this gives our minds permission to be gentle with ourselves as we work through challenging periods.

Although there may be times when it’s difficult for others to witness another person's tears, counselors are trained professionals who understand that crying is part of the therapeutic process. They provide an accepting environment where clients can authentically express themselves without fear of judgment or criticism from anyone else. As long as both parties in the room feel comfortable with each other's level of emotional expression, then it’s perfectly acceptable for either the client or counselor (or both) to cry during a counseling session. Whatever emotion needs to be expressed should be allowed out naturally.

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.

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