Is it normal to cry at therapy?

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

Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
LPC Associate, supervised by Martin K. Shaw, LPC-S, LMFT and Christy Graham, LPC-S, RPT-S

Oh, it's very normal! It's probably actually less normal to not LOL. That's why therapists keep a tissue box in their office--if it's in-person therapy, that is. My practice is virtual, so no tissues. However, I highly recommend the Vix lotion tissues LOL. Interestingly, some therapists don't offer tissues because they believe that handing a client a tissue communicates to the client that they should stop crying. Other therapists believe that handing their client a tissue provides comfort and communicates care. Regardless, crying in session means that you are processing and expressing your emotions vulnerably, which is healthy, meaningful, and cathartic.

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